V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


verb, noun

Definition: (v.) 1. to climb up; 2. to reach the highest point; 3. to measure with the use of a scale; (n.) 1. a standard used as a reference; 2. the ratio between the size of something and its representation; 3. an instrument used to weigh something; 4. in music, a series of notes differing in pitch

Synonyms: (v.) climb, ascend, mount, rise, (n.) progression, measure, grade, degree

Antonyms: descend, fall

Tips: Although the word scale has many uses and meanings, its most important definition to remember on the SAT is the verb definition, "to climb." Think of "scaling a mountain." When you scale down something, you reduce it.

Usage Examples:

We'll need to scale down our operation costs if we ever want to see profits. (reduce) verb

It took the team three days to scale the mountain. (climb, ascend) verb

It was easier to scale the steep cliff than to climb back down. (climb, ascend) verb

How would you rate that movie on a scale of 1 to 5? (measurement) noun

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