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

Definition of climb

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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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Other Words from climb


climbable \ ˈklī-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce climb (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 There's a lot to learn, Glider said, but the department has already began to climb the learning curve. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Sep. 2021 The Oregon Health Authority on Tuesday announced 41 COVID-19 deaths and 1,658 new cases, as death counts continue to climb in the third deadliest month of the pandemic. oregonlive, 29 Sep. 2021 Sales nationally are expected to be off by about one-quarter this month, compared to the spring, when car sales briefly began to climb, according to LMC Automotive, a consulting firm., 23 Sep. 2021 As hospitalizations continue to climb among high COVID-19 transmission, health care systems cannot afford health care workers calling out sick. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2021 But the number of positive cases began to climb this summer as Icelanders began visiting nightclubs and many started traveling abroad again. Martin E. Comas,, 19 Sep. 2021 In Los Angeles, over 3,000 employees in the police department have been infected by the virus and the numbers continue to climb. Stefanie Dazio, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Sep. 2021 Covid-19 cases began to climb sharply towards the beginning of July, propelled by the Delta variant, which spreads faster than the original coronavirus. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 27 Aug. 2021 Last year, California had a reprieve from its summer surge before numbers began to climb again in the fall. Emily Alpert Reyes Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 25 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the aftermath of the Great Recession more than a decade ago, Black women and those without college degrees often faced the longest climb back to full employment. Heather Long, Andrew Van Dam, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Oct. 2021 The climb was a physical challenge; the landing was a mental barrier to break through. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 7 Oct. 2021 In the aftermath of the Great Recession more than a decade ago, Black women and those without college degrees often faced the longest climb back to full employment. Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2021 The following are the cases per capita since July 8, when the upward climb began. Laura Hancock, cleveland, 30 Sep. 2021 The climb up a network of metal ladders and stops at rest stations took as much as six to eight hours depending on the level where workers started and their physical condition, the Vale spokesman said. Vipal Monga, WSJ, 29 Sep. 2021 Otherwise the whole season would be spent making the long climb back. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Sep. 2021 Given the strong climb up from the pandemic downturn in 2020, many people have called out the high stock valuations. Brad Mcmillan, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 Children with red faces braved the climb as well, using their strength of being close to the ground to crawl up steep rocks. Priscilla Aguirre, Chron, 17 Sep. 2021

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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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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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