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

Some grills are 50-60% off, while the sale prices of others climb all the way to the 70% tier. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "Hurry! Grills Are Up to 70% Off Right Now at Wayfair," 14 May 2019 Pippa's father's name is Michael, but the name Michael also honors James's brother Michael Matthews, who passed away in 1999 at the age of 22 while climbing Mount Everest. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Pippa Middleton's Baby Boy's Name Pays Tribute to Her Late Brother-in-Law," 12 Nov. 2018 Laborers lead donkeys and camels with loads of building material to the site, while stonecutters and masons climb the wall and occasionally suffer falls and other mishaps. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient “comic strip” depicts the founding of a Roman city," 10 Oct. 2018 Gas prices jumped 3 percent last month and 20.3 percent on the year, while shelter expenses have climbed 3.4 percent annually. Josh Boak, Fox News, "US consumer prices rose an annual 2.7 percent in August," 13 Sep. 2018 In June, two visitors died while climbing El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "An 18-Year-Old Died Reportedly While Taking a Selfie in Yosemite National Park," 7 Sep. 2018 While Newgarden did climb into second place — 33 points back of Dixon — Iowa was almost like a mulligan for the championship field. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar in Toronto: 'Eh Team' returns home; Conor Daly returns to field," 12 July 2018 While transportation emissions climbed that year, the board credits biofuels with limiting the damage. Lucas Laursen, Fortune, "California Beat Its 2020 Emissions Target Four Years Early," 12 July 2018 One boy was able to climb his way out, and another was quickly rescued. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "The Emotional True Story Behind Chrissy Metz's New Movie 'Breakthrough'," 15 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Scott Mellin, global general manager of performance sports for The North Face, says the project started two years ago while on an alpine ice climb with athlete Andres Marin. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "The North Face's New Fabric Is Waterproof, Breathable, and Brought to You by Science," 8 Jan. 2019 People now live at the South Pole, cruise ships visit the North Pole, tourists are taken on the dangerous climb to the top of Mount Everest. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Read an excerpt from Kim Stanley Robinson’s next book," 18 Oct. 2018 Like most skiers, she is expected to excel on the climb but her descending skills are unknown. Anchorage Daily News, "Who will win Wednesday’s Mount Marathon races? Take your pick," 4 July 2018 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

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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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