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climb

verb \ ˈklīm \

Definition of climb

intransitive verb
1 a :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
2 a :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

climbable

play \ˈklī-mə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of climb in a Sentence

  1. He dreams of climbing Kilimanjaro.

  2. It took them six days to climb the mountain.

  3. She has climbed seriously for several years now.

  4. The actors were climbing down from the stage.

  5. He climbed over the fence.

  6. The passengers of the sailboat climbed aboard.

  7. The pilot climbed into the cockpit.

  8. I think she climbed in through the window.

  9. He climbed out of the car with a box in his hands.

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Origin and Etymology of climb

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

climb Synonyms

Synonyms
clamber, scrabble, scramble, swarm
Antonyms
decline, descend, dip, drop, fall (off), plunge
Related Words
shimmy, shin, shinny, skin; ascend, breast [chiefly British], free-climb, get up, mount, scale, summit, surmount; claw, sprawl, struggle
Near Antonyms
dive, nose-dive, plummet, sink, slide

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climb

noun

Definition of climb

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.

Examples of climb in a Sentence

  1. It's a 20-minute climb to the ridge from here.

  2. He's planning to attempt one of the most difficult climbs in South America this summer.

  3. The book made a rapid climb to the top of the best-seller list.

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Origin and Etymology of climb

see 1climb



CLIMB Defined for English Language Learners

climb

verb

Definition of climb for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of climb for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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climb

verb \ ˈklīm \

Definition of climb for Students

climbed; climbing
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.

climber

\ˈklī-mər\ noun

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climb

noun

Definition of climb for Students

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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