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scout

1 noun
     
Related topics: Occupations, Military
scout1 [countable]
1
a)

the Scouts

an organization for boys that teaches them practical skills
b) also boy scout a boy who is a member of this organization
2 American English also Girl Scout a girl who is a member of an organization for girls that teaches them practical things [= guide British English]
3PM a soldier, plane etc that is sent to search the area in front of an army and get information about the enemy:
He sent three scouts ahead to take a look at the bridge.
4 also talent scoutBO someone whose job is to look for good sports players, musicians etc in order to employ them:
He was spotted by a scout at the age of 13.

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