1 size/extent

It was several days before the full scale of the accident became clear.

big, considerable, epic, grand, greater, huge, large, mass, massive, monumental, vast, wide
modest, small

It is difficult to comprehend the sheer scale of the suffering caused by the war.


a misuse of presidential power on an unprecedented scale

ambitious, lavish

Do they always entertain on such a lavish scale?

global, international, local, national, regional, world

The dolls are now produced on a commercial scale.


The final building is realized on a human scale.

The city would operate on a more human scale if cars were banned from the old town.

expand, increase

They plan to expand the scale and scope of their operations.

assess, determine

We need to determine the scale of the problem.

reveal, show
appreciate, comprehend, realize
scale of

the scale of the disaster/destruction/problem

the scale of the project/task

in scale

The paintings are small in scale.

on a scale

pollution on a massive scale

an economy of scale

Economies of scale enable the larger companies to lower their prices.

given the scale of

Given the scale of the changes, it is essential that all managers familiarize themselves with the details.

2 range of values

Benefits are paid on a sliding scale according to family income.

five-point, six-point, etc.

Patients were asked to state their level of anxiety on a 10-point rating scale.


Can you give me any sort of time scale for the completion of the building work?

evolutionary, social
pay, salary, wage (esp. BrE)

The company has a five-point pay scale.

Beaufort, Richter, etc.

The earthquake measured 6.4 on the Richter scale.

construct, develop
go up, move up, rise up

He has risen up the social scale from rather humble beginnings.

go down, move down
go from … to … , range from … to … 

a scale ranging from ‘utterly miserable’ to ‘deliriously happy’

be based on

a sliding scale based on income

on a/the scale

Where do birds come on the evolutionary scale?

scale of … to … 

On a scale of 1 to 10, he scores 7.

the bottom of the scale, the end of the scale, the top of the scale

After ten years, she had worked her way to the top of the pay scale.

3 relation between actual size and size of a map, etc.
draw sth to
drawing, model

He's made a scale model of the Eiffel Tower.

to scale

The plan of the building is not drawn to scale.

scale of … to … 

The map has a scale of one inch to the mile.

a scale of 1 : 25 000

4 in music
major, minor
play, sing

We could hear her practising/practicing her scales.

scale of

the scale of C major

5 on a fish, etc.
fine, thin
be covered in, be covered with
6 (AmE) machine for weighing ⇨ See ↑scales
Scale is used with these nouns as the object: ↑cliff, ↑fence, ↑height, ↑hill, ↑ladder, ↑mountain, ↑peak, ↑wall

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