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 Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 110.32 points, or 0.4%, to 26026.32. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Remain Unchanged on Economic Data," 1 Mar. 2019 Guests climbed the stairs, which were flanked with staff holding colorful parasols, to the red gates of Chinatown 90210. Vogue, "The Chiu Family Brings Chinatown to the 90210," 22 Feb. 2019 Triston Bailey and his friends climbed the Margaret McDermott Bridge in Dallas, Texas. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "This Teen Fell Off A Bridge While Trying To Take a Selfie And Broke Almost Every Bone in His Face," 21 Feb. 2019 The Nasdaq composite climbed 76 points, or 1 percent. to 7,449. Marley Jay, The Seattle Times, "Stocks gain after midterms as tech, health care, energy rise," 7 Nov. 2018 The Duke will climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge to raise the Invictus Flag. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore a Striped Martin Grant Dress for a Walk on Bondi Beach in Sydney," 18 Oct. 2018 Before that, however, the dollar had been climbing as investors bet that U.S. growth will remain a bright spot in the global economy. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Dollar Bounces Back After One-Day Decline," 13 Feb. 2019 Your nightly routine can (and should) include brushing your teeth, washing your face, and getting into comfy PJs, but new information shows that most Americans skip a very important step before climbing into bed. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Why Closing the Bedroom Door at Night Could Save Your Life," 10 Oct. 2018 During one activity, Tomei, a counselor-in-training, tried on a bulletproof vest after climbing out of an armored BearCat vehicle. Alison Kuznitz, courant.com, "Giving Back To Hartford Youth, Police Departments Statewide Attend 'Law Enforcement Day' At Camp Courant," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The dollar had earlier edged higher in the overnight session, continuing a recent climb that has been propelled by bets that the U.S. economy will outperform its peers in the coming months. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Dollar Falls After Disappointing Retail Sales Report," 14 Feb. 2019 One by one, the WB-57s slowly rolled down the runway at Ellington Airport and then began a slow climb upward into resplendent clear, blue skies. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Three high-flying birds soar together for the first time since the 1970s," 11 Nov. 2018 Another team making a big climb was the Los Angeles Chargers, who moved six spots to No. Simmi Buttar, The Seattle Times, "Unbeaten Rams still top AP Pro32 poll; Patriots are No. 2," 16 Oct. 2018 In June, a raccoon was captured making a daring climb up a Minnesota building. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Dramatic video shows daring raccoon scaling building before leaping off," 22 Sep. 2018 The rock at the Mount Marathon turnaround point marks the end of a grueling climb and the start of a harrowing descent. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Mount Marathon women’s race: There’s Allie, and there’s everyone else," 1 July 2018 Experts are on hand to harness you in and help guide you, whatever your level ($7 a single climb; $20 an hour). Amy Thomas, New York Times, "36 Hours in Buffalo," 28 June 2018 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

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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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