\ ˈklīm How to pronounce climb (audio) \
climbed; climbing; climbs

Definition of climb

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intransitive verb

1a : to go upward with gradual or continuous progress : rise, ascend watching the smoke climb
b : to increase gradually prices are continuing to climb
c : to slope upward a climbing path
2a : to go upward or raise oneself especially by grasping or clutching with the hands climbed aboard the train
b of a plant : to ascend in growth (as by twining) Ivy is climbing up the walls of the old building.
3 : to go about or down usually by grasping or holding with the hands climb down the ladder
4 : to get into or out of clothing usually with some haste or effort the firefighters climbed into their clothes

transitive verb

1 : to go upward on or along, to the top of, or over climb a hill
2 : to draw or pull oneself up, over, or to the top of by using hands and feet children climbing the tree
3 : to grow up or over ivy climbing the wall



Definition of climb (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a place where climbing is necessary to progress steep climbs
2 : the act or an instance of climbing : rise, ascent It's a 20-minute climb to the ridge from here.

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climbable \ ˈklī-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce climbable (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for climb

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of climb in a Sentence

Verb He dreams of climbing Kilimanjaro. It took them six days to climb the mountain. She has climbed seriously for several years now. The actors were climbing down from the stage. He climbed over the fence. The passengers of the sailboat climbed aboard. The pilot climbed into the cockpit. I think she climbed in through the window. He climbed out of the car with a box in his hands. Noun It's a 20-minute climb to the ridge from here. He's planning to attempt one of the most difficult climbs in South America this summer. The book made a rapid climb to the top of the best-seller list.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Pay will start at $17 per hour and can climb to $28 per hour, Mayor Mike Duggan said. Corey Williams, Star Tribune, "Fiat Chrysler hires 4,100 Detroit residents for new plant," 21 Oct. 2020 Its location required passengers to climb to an upper bunk and then pull themselves through the the opening. Stefanie Dazio And Tom Krisher,, "Safety board: Lack of oversight blamed for deadly boat fire," 20 Oct. 2020 Highs will climb into the middle 80s with sustained winds between 15 and 25 mph. Dallas News, "Warm and breezy end to the weekend," 18 Oct. 2020 F-Series saw its overall sales climb 3.5% to 221,647 trucks, compared with 156,157 Ram trucks and 147,484 Chevy Silverados for the same period. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford's F-Series trucks selling better in third quarter than before coronavirus pandemic," 2 Oct. 2020 At major plants Panipat, Paradip and Gujarat, the proportion of oil processed to produce petrochemicals is expected to climb to 25%, from 15-20% currently, Vaidya said. Debjit Chakraborty,, "Top India Refiner Betting on Plastics to Cushion Fuel Shocks," 24 Sep. 2020 Monday’s highs will be in the upper 60s, but will climb to the mid-70s by Wednesday. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "A week of sunshine and warming temps ahead: Cleveland, Akron weather," 20 Sep. 2020 Ferguson projected that if a vaccine is available as early as next year, and the economic impact of the pandemic doesn’t get worse, visitation could bounce back and climb to 20 million by 2022. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "WWII anniversary, liquor boom, tracking app: News from around our 50 states," 5 Sep. 2020 The organization projects food insecurity in Marion County — which in 2018 was 15.3%, or about 144,260 residents — will climb to 20.6% by the end of the year. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana issued $144M in food stamps in July, up 111% compared to same time last year," 4 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun You are also invited to go to the Royalton Road Cemetery in Columbia Township after the climb. cleveland, "Seniors learn visiting healthcare centers can be safe: Olmsted Dates and Data," 19 Oct. 2020 He was later transported to a hospital for an unspecified injury suffered prior to the climb. David Aaro, Fox News, "Seattle-area suspect, 32, talked down from tree after crashing motorcycle, carjacking vehicle: police," 15 Oct. 2020 Such stocks have been overshadowed by the climb in megacap technology equities that benefited from social distancing. Adam Haigh,, "Markets Expect Only a Partially Effective Vaccine, Balyasny Says," 14 Oct. 2020 Helping fuel the climb were increasing hopes for a stimulus deal from Washington ahead of November’s presidential election after leaders from both parties signaled progress in talks. Sebastian Pellejero, WSJ, "Treasury Yields Hit Highest Levels Since June," 5 Oct. 2020 The imbalance reflects the uphill climb Democrats have in pursuing statewide office. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Spencer Cox, Sean Reyes report big fundraising advantage over their Democratic challengers," 2 Oct. 2020 Deutsche Bahn has filed a criminal complaint for trespassing against Robert, and he may be required to pay the cost of the police operation to secure the area during the climb. Chronicle News Services,, "News of the Day From Around the World," 1 Oct. 2020 The climb out of the Pac-12 to the College Football Playoff looks prohibitively steep. oregonlive, "Another reminder as we think about the Pac-12 football season, the virus hasn’t gone away: Issues & Answers," 30 Sep. 2020 Aside from the climb into the cab, Ford makes this F-350 livable and pleasant to drive. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, "2020 Ford F-350 Tremor Brings Back Pushrods," 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of climb


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


circa 1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for climb

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Old English climban; probably akin to Old English clifian to adhere — more at cleave

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The first known use of climb was before the 12th century

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26 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Climb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of climb

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move or go up (something) using your feet and often your hands
: to go up mountains, cliffs, etc., as a sport
: to move yourself in a way that usually involves going up or down



English Language Learners Definition of climb (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act or process of climbing a mountain, hill, etc.
: the act or process of moving upward
: the act or process of going to a higher level or position


\ ˈklīm How to pronounce climb (audio) \
climbed; climbing

Kids Definition of climb

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to move in a way that involves going up or down He climbed over the fence. They climbed out the window.
2 : to go up or down on often with the help of the hands climb stairs climb a ladder
3 : to rise little by little to a higher point Smoke was climbing in the air.
4 : to go upward in growing (as by winding around something) a climbing vine
5 : to increase in amount, value, or level The temperature is climbing.

Other Words from climb

climber \ ˈklī-​mər \ noun



Kids Definition of climb (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a place where climbing is necessary It looked to be about a fifty-foot climb, straight up.— Louis Sachar, Holes
2 : the act of climbing It's a tiring climb to the top.

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