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verb [transitive] scoop pronunciation in American English /skup/ 
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present tense
present participlescooping
past tensescooped
past participlescooped
  1. 1
    to dig something out or pick it up using something such as a spoon or your curved hand

    He scooped some water from the stream.

    Carefully scoop out the pulp with a small spoon.

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  2. 3
    mainly journalism to earn or win something

    Advisors will scoop fees of up to one million dollars.

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