When you explore or investigate an area, you scout. If your cat is missing, you might send your friends out to scout around the neighborhood.

When you scout, you're searching for information; the word comes from the Old French escouter, "to listen for," and its Latin source, auscultare, "to listen attentively." And when you're searching under porches and in trees for your missing cat — also listening for his meows — you're acting as a scout, someone tasked with looking out for or finding something.

Definitions of scout
  1. verb
    explore, often with the goal of finding something or somebody
    synonyms: reconnoiter, reconnoitre
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    type of:
    watch attentively
  2. noun
    a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event
  3. noun
    someone employed to discover and recruit talented persons (especially in the worlds of entertainment or sports)
    synonyms: talent scout
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    type of:
    someone who supplies members or employees
  4. noun
    someone who can find paths through unexplored territory
    synonyms: guide, pathfinder
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    the Shoshone guide and interpreter who guided the Lewis and Clark expedition part of the way
    hunting guide
    guide to people hunting in unfamiliar territory
    someone who marks a trail by leaving blazes on trees
    type of:
    expert, pundit
    a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully
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