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1    opportunity for exercising the faculties or abilities; capacity for action  
2    range of view, perception, or grasp; outlook  
3    the area covered by an activity, topic, etc.; range  
the scope of his thesis was vast     
4      (Nautical)   slack left in an anchor cable  
5      (Logic, linguistics)   that part of an expression that is governed by a given operator: the scope of the negation in PV--(q<conj>r) is --(q<conj>r)  
6    Informal   short for telescope, microscope, oscilloscope, etc.  
7    Archaic   purpose or aim  
     (C16: from Italian scopo goal, from Latin scopus, from Greek skopos target; related to Greek skopein to watch)  

bargaining scope  
      n   the range of topics within the scope of a particular set of negotiations leading to a collective agreement  
      n combining form   indicating an instrument for observing, viewing, or detecting  
microscope, stethoscope     
     (from New Latin -scopium, from Greek -skopion, from skopein to look at)  
  -scopic      adj combining form  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


ambit, area, capacity, compass, confines, elbowroom, extent, field of reference, freedom, latitude, liberty, opportunity, orbit, outlook, purview, range, reach, room, space, span, sphere  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

scope out n.
look at, look over, examine, evaluate

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