Definitions for climbklaɪm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to go up or ascend; move upward or toward the top of something:

    The sun climbed over the hill.

  2. to slope upward:

    The road climbs steeply.

  3. to ascend by twining or by means of tendrils, adhesive tissues, etc., as a plant.

  4. to proceed using the hands and feet (often fol. by along, around, down, over, etc.), esp. on or from an elevated area.

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  5. to ascend in prominence, fortune, etc.

  6. (v.t.)to ascend, go up, or get to the top of, esp. by the use of the hands and feet:

    to climb a ladder; to climb the stairs.

  7. to go to the top of and over:

    The prisoners climbed the wall and escaped.

  8. (n.)an ascent by climbing:

    a climb to the hilltop.

  9. a place to be climbed:

    That peak is quite a climb.

Origin of climb:

bef. 1000; OE climban, c. MLG, MD klimmen, OHG chlimban; cf. clamber

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ascent, acclivity, rise, raise, climb, upgrade(noun)

    an upward slope or grade (as in a road)

    "the car couldn't make it up the rise"

  2. climb, climbing, mounting(noun)

    an event that involves rising to a higher point (as in altitude or temperature or intensity etc.)

  3. climb, mount(verb)

    the act of climbing something

    "it was a difficult climb to the top"

  4. climb, climb up, mount, go up(verb)

    go upward with gradual or continuous progress

    "Did you ever climb up the hill behind your house?"

  5. climb(verb)

    move with difficulty, by grasping

  6. wax, mount, climb, rise(verb)

    go up or advance

    "Sales were climbing after prices were lowered"

  7. climb(verb)

    slope upward

    "The path climbed all the way to the top of the hill"

  8. climb(verb)

    improve one's social status

    "This young man knows how to climb the social ladder"

  9. rise, go up, climb(verb)

    increase in value or to a higher point

    "prices climbed steeply"; "the value of our house rose sharply last year"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. climb(verb)ɪm

    to go to the top of sth

    to climb a mountain/hill/tree; He climbed until he reached the summit.

  2. climbɪm

    to move into, out of, or over

    to climb in through the window; to climb out of the car; to climb over the wall

  3. climbɪm

    to move higher

    The plane will climb to 30,000 feet.

  4. climbɪm

    to increase in level or amount

    Oil prices have been climbing rapidly.

  5. climb(noun)ɪm

    the act of going to a higher position

    a long climb to the top


  1. climb(Noun)

    An act of climbing.

  2. climb(Noun)

    The act of getting to somewhere more elevated.

  3. climb(Noun)

    An upwards struggle

  4. climb(Verb)

    To ascend; rise; to go up.

    Prices climbed steeply.

  5. climb(Verb)

    To mount; to move upwards on.

  6. climb(Verb)

    To scale; to get to the top of something.

  7. climb(Verb)

    To move (especially up and down something) by gripping with the hands and using the feet.

  8. climb(Verb)

    to practise the sport of climbing

  9. climb(Verb)

    to jump high

  10. climb(Verb)

    To move to a higher position on the social ladder.

  11. climb(Verb)

    Of plants, to grow upwards by clinging to something.

  12. Origin: From climben, from climban, from klimbanan, believed to be a nasalised variant of klibanan, from gley-. Cognate with Dutch klimmen, German klimmen, klembra, klifra. Related to clamber. See also clay, glue.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Climb(verb)

    to ascend or mount laboriously, esp. by use of the hands and feet

  2. Climb(verb)

    to ascend as if with effort; to rise to a higher point

  3. Climb(verb)

    to ascend or creep upward by twining about a support, or by attaching itself by tendrils, rootlets, etc., to a support or upright surface

  4. Climb(verb)

    to ascend, as by means of the hands and feet, or laboriously or slowly; to mount

  5. Climb(noun)

    the act of one who climbs; ascent by climbing


  1. Climb

    In aviation, the term climb refers both to the actual operation of increasing the altitude of an aircraft and to the logical phase of a typical flight following takeoff and preceding the cruise, during which an increase in altitude to a predetermined level is effected.

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'climb' in Verbs Frequency: #361

Translations for climb

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an act of going up

a rapid climb to the top of his profession.

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