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verb     scramble pronunciation in British English
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present tense
present participlescrambling
past tensescrambled
past participlescrambled
  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 to do something:

    Tensions are rising as diplomats scramble to prevent a war.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to mix together the white and yellow parts of an egg and cook it
  4. 4
    [transitive] to change the form of a radio message so that only someone with special equipment can understand it
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  5. 5
    [intransitive] if aircraft or pilots scramble, they take off quickly, for example to attack an enemy or because of an emergency

    RAF fighter jets scrambled to escort the plane into Stansted airport.

    1. a.
      [transitive] if aircraft are scrambled, their crews are ordered to take off quickly, for example to attack an enemy or because of an emergency

      A coastguard helicopter was scrambled from Scotland.

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