Business people like to use the word scope because it specifies the extent of their responsibilities. Once you know the scope of a project, you can decide if you're qualified and how much time it will take to do it.

If your boss gives you a new task and you don't want to do it, tell him or her it's not within the scope of your duties. A scope is also a device used to see something in the distance. You'll find one on shotguns, submarines, radars and the like. You can use scope as a verb meaning "to look out or around." When you and your friends go out, you probably scope out a few places to see where the action is.

Primary Meanings of scope

the state of the environment in which a situation exists
a magnifier of images of distant objects
Full Definitions of scope

n the state of the environment in which a situation exists

background, setting
canvas, canvass
the setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account
show window, showcase
a setting in which something can be displayed to best effect
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the totality of surrounding conditions

n an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"

“within the scope of an investigation”
ambit, compass, orbit, range, reach
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approximate range, ballpark
near to the scope or range of something
a bounded scope
the range of optical density and tone on a photographic negative or print (or the extent to which adjacent areas on a television screen differ in brightness)
internationalism, internationality
quality of being international in scope
scope for freedom of e.g. action or thought; freedom from restriction
horizon, purview, view
the range of interest or activity that can be anticipated
expanse, sweep
a wide scope
a complete extent or range: "a face that expressed a gamut of emotions"
a broad range of related objects or values or qualities or ideas or activities
palette, pallet
the range of colour characteristic of a particular artist or painting or school of art
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the distance or area or volume over which something extends

n a magnifier of images of distant objects

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astronomical telescope
any telescope designed to collect and record electromagnetic radiation from cosmic sources
a small telescope attached to a large telescope to use in setting the line of the larger one
a telescope whose mounting has only two axes of motion, one parallel to the Earth's axis and the other one at right angles to it
solar telescope
a telescope designed to make observations of the sun
transit instrument
a telescope mounted on an axis running east and west and used to time the transit of a celestial body across the meridian
optical telescope
an astronomical telescope designed to collect and record light from cosmic sources
radio reflector, radio telescope
astronomical telescope that picks up electromagnetic radiations in the radio-frequency range from extraterrestrial sources
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a scientific instrument that magnifies an image

n electronic equipment that provides visual images of varying electrical quantities

CRO, cathode-ray oscilloscope, oscilloscope
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electronic equipment
equipment that involves the controlled conduction of electrons (especially in a gas or vacuum or semiconductor)

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