1 n-uncount If there is scopefor a particular kind of behaviour or activity, people have the opportunity to behave in this way or do that activity.
oft N for n, N to-inf
He believed in giving his staff scope for initiative..., Banks had increased scope to develop new financial products.
2 n-sing The scopeof an activity, topic, or piece of work is the whole area which it deals with or includes.
usu N of n
Mr Dobson promised to widen the organisation's scope of activity.
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