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.

Definitions of scope
  1. noun
    the state of the environment in which a situation exists
    synonyms: background, setting
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    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
  2. noun
    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”
    synonyms: ambit, compass, orbit, range, reach
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    approximate range, ballpark
    near to the scope or range of something
    confines, pale
    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, values, qualities, 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
  3. noun
    a magnifier of images of distant objects
    synonyms: telescope
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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
  4. noun
    electronic equipment that provides visual images of varying electrical quantities
    synonyms: CRO, cathode-ray oscilloscope, oscilloscope
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    electronic equipment, electronics
    equipment that involves the controlled conduction of electrons (especially in a gas or vacuum or semiconductor)
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