Most people think of ice cream when they think of the noun scoop, but journalists who get a story before others also get a scoop, and dog owners need to scoop up after their dogs or else they will get a ticket for littering.

When a newspaper reporter gets a scoop, it means they beat every other reporter to publish an important story. Other meanings of scoop come from the shape and motion of a scoop, which is hollowed out and looks kind of like a pocket. Also, if you pick up a little dog into your arms, you might say you scooped it up. Scoop is one of many words that can be a noun and a verb, even in the same sentence: when you go to an ice cream shop you can ask your server to give you one, two, or three scoops.

Definitions of scoop
  1. noun
    the shovel or bucket of a dredge or backhoe
    synonyms: scoop shovel
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    type of:
    a hand tool for lifting loose material; consists of a curved container or scoop and a handle
  2. noun
    the quantity a scoop will hold
    synonyms: scoopful
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    type of:
    the quantity that a container will hold
  3. noun
    a hollow concave shape made by removing something
    synonyms: pocket
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    concave shape, concavity, incurvation, incurvature
    a shape that curves or bends inward
  4. noun
    a large ladle
    “he used a scoop to serve the ice cream”
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    a spoon-shaped vessel with a long handle; frequently used to transfer liquids from one container to another
  5. verb
    take out or up with or as if with a scoop
    scoop the sugar out of the container”
    synonyms: lift out, scoop out, scoop up, take up
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    scoop up by plunging one's hand or a ladle below the surface
    type of:
    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  6. noun
    a news report that is reported first by one news organization
    “he got a scoop on the bribery of city officials”
    synonyms: exclusive
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    account, news report, report, story, write up
    a short account of the news
  7. noun
    street names for gamma hydroxybutyrate
    synonyms: Georgia home boy, easy lay, goop, grievous bodily harm, liquid ecstasy, max, soap
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    type of:
    GHB, gamma hydroxybutyrate
    a club drug available in liquid or powder form is taken orally (frequently combined with alcohol); used to incapacitate individuals for the commission of sexual assault and rape
  8. verb
    get the better of
    synonyms: best, outdo, outflank, trump
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    outmaneuver, outmanoeuvre, outsmart
    defeat by more skillful maneuvering
    surpass in generalship
    type of:
    beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
    come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
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