scramble - definition and synonyms


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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 pilots scramble, they hurry to their planes and take off quickly so that they can attack an enemy

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