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Definition of scale verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    scale

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//skeɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skeɪl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scale
    BrE BrE//skeɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skeɪl//
     
    he / she / it scales
    BrE BrE//skeɪlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skeɪlz//
     
    past simple scaled
    BrE BrE//skeɪld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skeɪld//
     
    past participle scaled
    BrE BrE//skeɪld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skeɪld//
     
    -ing form scaling
    BrE BrE//ˈskeɪlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskeɪlɪŋ//
     
     
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    climb
  1. 1scale something (formal) to climb to the top of something very high and steep the first woman to scale the world's five highest peaks He somehow managed to scale the sheer outside wall of the tower. (figurative) He has scaled the heights of his profession.
  2. fish
  3. 2scale something to remove the small flat hard pieces of skin from a fish
  4. teeth
  5. 3scale something to remove tartar from the teeth by scraping The dentist scaled and polished my teeth.
  6. change size
  7. 4scale something (from something) (to something) (specialist) to change the size of something Text can be scaled from 4 points to 108 points without any loss of quality.
  8. Word Originverb senses 1 to 4 late Middle English: from Latin scala ‘ladder’ (the verb via Old French escaler or medieval Latin scalare ‘climb’), from the base of Latin scandere ‘to climb’. verb senses 2 to 3 Middle English: shortening of Old French escale, from the Germanic base of scale (noun - sense 5). Phrasal Verbsscale somethingdownscale somethingup
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