climb

verb
\ 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

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 How to pronounce climbable (audio) \ 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

The behemoth, twin-fuselage Stratolaunch jet lifted off from Mojave Air and Space Port and climbed into the desert sky 70 miles (112 kilometers) north of Los Angeles. John Antczak, The Seattle Times, "Giant Stratolaunch aircraft lifts off from California," 13 Apr. 2019 To get into this kissing position, one partner will have to lie flat on their back, while the other climbs on top into the more dominant kissing role. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "17 Kissing Positions You Should Try During Your Next Makeout Session," 9 Apr. 2019 Big climbs in the S&P 500 have tended to slow or even reverse in the three months following a first-quarter rally of 10% or more, according to Dow Jones Market Data. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Sizing Up Stocks’ Big First-Quarter Rally," 31 Mar. 2019 The three-year-old also flaunted her royal wave during Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding last spring, while climbing the steps to St. George's Chapel with other members of the bridal party (and their moms). Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Channeled Princess Charlotte's Signature Royal Wave," 20 Mar. 2019 There are pops of pink, fuchsia, yellow and peach hanging from the ceiling and climbing every pillar. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "This NYC Rooftop Restaurant Is Covered In Flowers And Ready For Instagram," 20 Mar. 2019 Stritch mentioned that there are no indoor ice climbing facilities in North America. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "I Went Ice Climbing and Lasted About 6 Whole Minutes," 10 Mar. 2019 So for this month’s world championships in Denver, the American Alpine Club is building the largest ice-climbing structure ever made in the U.S. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Biggest Ice-Climbing Wall in American History," 23 Feb. 2019 Ori jumps and climbs through 2D platforms that are all set in a beautiful forest. Tom Warren, The Verge, "The 10 best games for your new Xbox One," 26 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Remove your front wheel and mount your front fork to the climb. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "PM Approved: Kickr Smart Bike Trainer," 29 Jan. 2019 Alternatively, visitors can hop on a donkey for a steep climb on concrete stairs or walk up. Costas Paris, WSJ, "A Greek Island Paradise Tries to Be a Little Less Welcoming," 1 Sep. 2018 That’s the system that could help save the lives of future passengers if something were to go wrong during the climb through Earth’s atmosphere. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Blue Origin will push its rocket ‘to its limits’ with high-altitude emergency abort test today," 18 July 2018 Will, in particular, was reportedly in full fanboy mode during the meeting, asking Alex tons of questions about his epic climb. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince William and Kate Middleton Arranged a Private Screening of this Oscar-Nominated Movie for Prince George," 16 Feb. 2019 Meanwhile, there will be plenty of SUVs and high-horsepower sports cars on display as cheap gasoline helps SUV and truck sales continue their dramatic climb. Tom Krisher, The Seattle Times, "Detroit show has SUVs, horsepower, but electric cars are few," 14 Jan. 2019 But stabilizing Obamacare was their steepest climb yet. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Lamar Alexander, pillar of Washington’s old guard, is retiring from the Senate," 17 Dec. 2018 Shortly after take-off, as the aircraft approached an altitude of 1,000 feet, the flight data shows the aircraft dipped out of its climb. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Black box data shows pilots fought control system in Indonesia crash," 28 Nov. 2018 The man had driven from Texas and made his climb to the summit on Thursday, CBS Portland affiliate KOIN reports. CBS News, "Man rescued from Mount Hood after climbing it to kill himself, authorities say," 13 July 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 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

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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