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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Italian
Origin: scopo 'purpose', from Greek skopos

scope

1 noun
     
scope1 W3
1 [uncountable] the range of things that a subject, activity, book etc deals with
scope of
the need to define the scope of the investigation
measures to limit the scope of criminals' activities
beyond/outside/within the scope of something
A full discussion of that issue is beyond the scope of this book.
widen/broaden/extend etc the scope of something
Let us extend the scope of the study to examine more factors.
narrow/limit etc the scope of something
The court's ruling narrowed the scope of the affirmative action program.
limited/wider etc in scope
His efforts were too limited in scope to have much effect.
2 [uncountable] the opportunity to do or develop something
scope for
The scope for successful gardening increases dramatically with a greenhouse.
there is considerable/great/little etc scope for something
There is considerable scope for further growth in the economy.
3 [singular] informal a particular set of activities and the people who are involved in them [= scene]

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