Definition of scope in English:

scope

noun

  • 1The extent of the area or subject matter that something deals with or to which it is relevant.

    ‘we widened the scope of our investigation’
    ‘such questions go well beyond the scope of this book’
    • ‘The result is that most people don't really understand the broad scope of nursing practice.’
    • ‘A third limitation is the study's limited geographical scope.’
    • ‘However, for reasons outside the scope of this article, she did not.’
    • ‘However, some practitioners struggle to narrow their broad scope of knowledge and expertise into a focused, publishable topic.’
    • ‘The content is specific to areas within the scope of an executive's responsibilities.’
    • ‘And while it matches their first effort in scope and subject matter, the documentaries leave a little something to be desired this time around.’
    • ‘In 1912, the research scope was broadened to include noninfectious diseases.’
    • ‘I am realistic enough to know that at times expanding the scope of a project is completely necessary, though.’
    • ‘Articles of any length may be submitted, although short notes of limited scope are discouraged.’
    • ‘Yet within the wider scope of the project there is thematic collaboration.’
    • ‘The classic brand management system usually limited its scope to the relevant market in a single country.’
    • ‘Some degree of cross-training inevitably develops, broadening the scope of the professional practice of all participants.’
    • ‘The sheer scope of the work can only be fully appreciated from the air.’
    • ‘What was the intended geographic scope of the disclosure and production ordered?’
    • ‘The work under review represents extends his previous scholarly endeavour by widening his geographical scope to include all of Europe.’
    • ‘Secondly the panel's procedure does not fall within the scope of article 6.’
    • ‘We have limited the scope of the article in several key areas.’
    • ‘The second way to limit the scope of the duty of care is to appeal to arguments of public policy.’
    • ‘We widened the scope of the paper to include quotes from activists.’
    • ‘No collateral considerations arise which would limit the scope of its duty.’
    extent, range, breadth, width, reach, sweep, purview, span, stretch, spread, horizon
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  • 2The opportunity or possibility to do or deal with something.

    ‘the scope for major change is always limited by political realities’
    • ‘However, there is limited scope for growth.’
    • ‘Since a significant element of judgment is involved there will usually be scope for a fairly broad range of possible views, none of which can be categorised as unreasonable.’
    • ‘The more differentiated modern societies become, the greater becomes the possible scope for expressively staging social life.’
    • ‘For this reason the broadest possible geographical scope for the law of international watercourses is to be preferred.’
    • ‘The town site afforded little scope for later suburban expansion, which would be oriented away from the sea.’
    • ‘Policies must include scope for building capacity at the local level to deal with these new conditions.’
    • ‘It was these groups that gave an individual his or her identity and set the general scope for life opportunities.’
    • ‘Its possible field of application as well as its scope for design is unlimited.’
    • ‘Currently there is parking available for about twenty cars and ample scope for expansion.’
    • ‘But utilization in the field of Civil Engineering extends ample scope for consuming bulk volume efficiently and economically.’
    • ‘Grant-in-aid schemes offer little scope for rapid growth particularly when the government is as cash strapped as it is.’
    • ‘This then has led to the second stage of the debate, in which the question becomes: what is the possible scope for multiculturalism within liberal theory?’
    • ‘A good system will allow a great deal of scope for the editor to tailor the effect to their specific needs and personal taste.’
    • ‘They say there is little scope for expansion of existing roads.’
    • ‘He is of a strong view that with rich cattle wealth India had a wide scope for development.’
    • ‘The low level of basic social insurance gives great scope for the development of the business version.’
    • ‘It became, as a direct consequence, a field where limited opportunities gave plenty of scope for those who were established to exploit those who were eager aspirants.’
    • ‘Despite stringent laws there is ample scope for improvement as there are a number of loopholes in the existing set-up.’
    • ‘First, the techniques of self-help may create scope for opportunism on the part of secured as against unsecured creditors.’
    • ‘There is in fact a great deal of scope for students to study the whole range of characters and their relationships.’
    opportunity, freedom, latitude, leeway, capacity, liberty, room, room to manoeuvre, elbow room, play
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    1. 2.1archaic A purpose, end, or intention.
      ‘Plato maintains religion to be the chief aim and scope of human life’
  • 3informal A telescope, microscope, or other device having a name ending in -scope.

    ‘infrared night scopes’
    • ‘The elation in the air was probably palpable as birders trained their scopes and cameras on the accidental tourist for a once-in-a-lifetime view.’
    • ‘Carrion Crow nests are conspicuous and we were able to observe birds delivering food to nestlings using spotting scopes.’
    • ‘F 1 progeny were scored under a dissecting scope for suppression or enhancement of the KDN rough eye phenotype.’
    • ‘I remember going over to the local junior college in high school and looking through their 18-in. scope to see Saturn, complete with its tiny little rings.’
    • ‘If you do not own a scope, keep your eyes open for someone who does, who most likely will be glad to share a view with you.’
    • ‘Images of individual skeletal elements were captured with a digital camera mounted on a dissecting scope.’
    • ‘Your source for a full line of binoculars and spotting scopes from all major manufacturers.’
    • ‘The improvements in display technology in digital scopes have been so significant that Agilent claims its new display is a match for any analogue one.’
    • ‘When examined under a dissecting scope, hermaphrodites fed Cry5B toxin for 2-3 days develop decrepit internal morphology, have pale coloration, and move slowly.’
    • ‘Fossils were measured under a dissecting scope using a calibrated ocular micrometer.’
    • ‘Our intention was to sample only a subset of the most common species that can be reliably counted and identified in the field without a dissecting scope.’
    • ‘Stationary and mobile monitoring of the scope required would generate so much sensor data that it could only be done if artificially intelligent computers were doing the work.’
    • ‘The presence of a minimum of two big spotting scopes is usually the key field mark.’
    • ‘Marked birds were resighted, using sporting scopes, during 1-4 h scanning surveys of Western Sandpiper flocks made on high-low spring tides throughout each season.’
    • ‘The X-ray scope used to identify individual prey inside snakes also produced an image of the outline of a skink that indicated the presence or absence of a tail.’
    • ‘Adapters to fit a variety of scopes are available and fix the camera lens and scope eyepiece within millimetres of each other keeping vignetting to a minimum.’
    • ‘The result of all these developments is that, finally, the digital scope could make its analogue cousin obsolete.’
    • ‘A real-time scope offers the advantage of capturing and measuring transient phenomena like an occasional glitch in a fast clock.’
    • ‘Our sole regret is that we did not have a spotting scope.’
    • ‘Two observers inspected the colony from the adjoining shoreline using spotting scopes on 23 June and counted about 60 adult and sub-adult birds.’
  • 4Nautical
    The length of cable extended when a ship rides at anchor.

  • 5Logic Linguistics
    The range of the effect of an operator such as a quantifier or conjunction.

    • ‘The distinction here can be seen as a distinction of scope for the existential quantifier.’
    • ‘The claim, of course, was that referential uses of a description are a function of pragmatics, not quantifier scope.’
    • ‘The claim is that the ambiguity can be resolved entirely in terms of syntactic scope.’
    • ‘I believe that this is the connection between can and must - with interchanging scope of negation - that she has in mind.’
    • ‘An operator (like always) within a relative clause does not like to take wider scope than operators outside the relative.’

Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘target for shooting at’): from Italian scopo ‘aim’, from Greek skopos ‘target’, from skeptesthai ‘look out’. scope (sense 3 of the noun) is derived from -scope.

Pronunciation

scope

/skoʊp//skōp/