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verb scramble pronunciation in British English /ˈskræmb(ə)l/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyscramble
he/she/itscrambles
present participlescrambling
past tensescrambled
past participlescrambled

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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to climb somewhere using your feet and hands
    scramble over/up/down/out of etc:

    She managed to scramble over the wall.

    1. a.
      to move somewhere quickly and in a way that is not graceful

      They stopped the car and quickly scrambled out.

      scramble to your feet:

      He scrambled awkwardly to his feet.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to hurry or try very hard to get something, often competing with other people
    scramble for:

    Companies are scrambling to recruit skilled workers.

    scramble to do something:

    Tensions are rising as diplomats scramble to prevent a war.

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