\ 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



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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climbable \ ˈklī-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce climb (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for climb

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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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 Maryland, unlike most states, tracks the unclaimed in all its cities and towns, and has seen the number climb steadily in recent years. Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2021 Despite concerns this summer over the NFT marketplace when sales slumped, other NFT collections have seen their value climb recently as well. Tommy Beer, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 Like much of the country, Georgia is seeing Covid-19 infections climb. CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 Nevada, Washington, Arizona, Colorado and Oregon, meanwhile, are seeing filings climb, in some cases, with record numbers. The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 July 2021 Owners who weren’t planning to sell have changed their minds after watching prices climb ever higher. Candace Taylor, WSJ, 15 July 2021 Those areas are seeing prices climb faster than many other parts of metro Phoenix, and million-dollar home sales have tripled. Catherine Reagor, The Arizona Republic, 5 July 2021 Home buyers in the U.S. have seen median house prices climb by a staggering 13.2% in the past year alone. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 4 June 2021 Power outages in some Louisiana parishes could last at least a month, as temperatures climb into the 90s. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, 2 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But Peters, who suffered a quadriceps injury in the first half of the opening loss to the Los Angeles Rams, remained limited and might have an uphill climb to be ready to play a full game. Dan Wiederer,, 15 Sep. 2021 Detroit Charter Commissioner Denzel McCampbell was a distant second place, garnering 15.3% of the vote and appears to have an uphill climb in his quest to unseat Winfrey. Detroit Free Press, 22 July 2021 Regardless, Democrats have a difficult climb to enacting their new bill under current Senate filibuster rules, which require 60 votes to advance legislation in a chamber that is split 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats. Brian Slodysko, Star Tribune, 10 July 2021 The Canadiens have the uphill climb of attempting to become just the fifth team — and second in the Cup Final — to rally from a 3-0 series deficit., 5 July 2021 The Canadiens have the uphill climb of attempting to become just the fifth team — and second in the Cup Final — to rally from a 3-0 series deficit. John Wawrow, ajc, 4 July 2021 Alabama, which earned its first NCAA tournament win since 2014, still has an uphill climb to win the four-team, double elimination bracket. Mike Rodak |, al, 5 June 2021 The bad news is this team has a big climb to make, anyway. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, 10 May 2021 The poll showed that backers still have an uphill climb, however. Dustin Gardiner, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of climb


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


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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The first known use of climb was before the 12th century

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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



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


\ 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



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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