climb

verb
\ ˈklīm \
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

climb

noun

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

Verb

climbable \ ˈklī-​mə-​bəl \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for climb

Synonyms: Verb

clamber, scrabble, scramble, swarm

Synonyms: Noun

ascension, ascent, rise, rising, soar

Antonyms: Noun

descent, dip, dive, drop, fall, nosedive, plunge

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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

Easy credit that propped up growth in the past is increasingly reaching its limits as the country’s debt levels continue to climb. WSJ, "China’s Downturn Hits Industrial Cities," 21 Jan. 2019 Pinterest revealed that interest in the pegan diet jumped 337% in the past year, with searches continuing to climb. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What Is the Pegan Diet? It's Not as Simple as Paleo + Vegan," 17 Jan. 2019 Those who were the most savvy and competitive could make more money and climb up the class system. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What is Capitalism?," 7 Jan. 2019 This number continues to climb in October, at 95 percent higher. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "How to Optimize Your Holiday Travel Planning This Year (Step 1: Start Now!)," 29 Aug. 2018 With that goal, Cortez has continued to climb the ranks within the organization. Clevis Murray, azcentral, "Phoenix Rising's Chris Cortez enjoying big season, life in Arizona, 'Game of Thrones'," 13 July 2018 Overdose deaths continue to climb, however, and the finding does not refer to addiction rates in the entire country, just those recorded among the insurance network’s 41 million members. Lucas Laursen, Fortune, "U.S. Insurers Say the Opioid Crisis Might Be Declining," 12 July 2018 As rates of anxiety and depression continue to climb, St. Joseph's is growing its program. Aneri Pattani, chicagotribune.com, "College students train to help peers at risk for suicide, depression and more," 12 July 2018 California’s Medicaid program, for example, spent about $50 million in 2017 and expects the costs to continue climbing. Washington Post, "Out-Of-Pocket Costs Put HIV Prevention Drug Out Of Reach For Many At Risk," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The whole selection is a bit of a hodgepodge: Huawei thought to include a climb profile but no stair-stepper profile. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Huawei Watch GT review: When hardware and software don’t mesh," 16 Dec. 2018 Some students approach college as a solo endurance test, a kind of unaided climb up an academic Mount Everest. Michael E. Latham, Teen Vogue, "College Advice From a College Dean," 13 Aug. 2018 The wagon is provided by the Door County Maritime Museum, which offers tours and climbs of the 89-foot lighthouse tower and keeper's quarters, built in 1869. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 spectacular Lake Michigan lighthouses to visit in Wisconsin," 12 July 2018 Broken Arrow also parallels a jeep road and, in a few places, the jeeps make acrobatic climbs worthy of a video. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Kid-friendly hikes around Arizona: Hit the trail with your family this summer," 28 June 2018 For those who are more adventurous and love high places, head to West Fairmount Park and climb among the trees at Treetop Quest, a sprawling obstacle course that includes 20 zip-lines and 60 obstacles to navigate through. Tauhid Chappell, Philly.com, "Some children separated at border are in Pa., police killings strain entire black communities June 22 | Morning Newsletter," 22 June 2018 Once atop Grouse Mountain, Logue's climb was rewarded with a breathtaking view of Vancouver, British Columbia. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Former Moeller, UK lefthander Zach Logue battles for the Blue Jays in Florida," 20 June 2018 And then: On a climb in California, one of Anikeeva’s friends fell fifty-two feet and severed her lower spinal cord. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 Image For domestic cheesemakers like Sartori, Mr. Trump’s approach has further tilted the global playing field against American manufacturers, giving them an even steeper climb in an increasingly competitive global economy. New York Times, "Trump’s Trade War Could Shut Cheesemakers Out of Foreign Markets," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of climb

Verb

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

Noun

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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climb

verb

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

climb

noun

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

climb

verb
\ ˈklīm \
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

climb

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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