Climb meaning

klīm
Climb means to move up or increase gradually, or to move up and around using your feet.

An example of climb is for the price of milk to rise from $2.00 to $2.50 over the course of two years.

An example of climb is to walk up a steep path or step up onto rocks to get higher on the side of the mountain.

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To move upward on or mount, especially by using the hands and feet or the feet alone; ascend.

The hikers climbed the mountain. We climbed the stairs. The tractor climbed the hill.

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To grow in an upward direction on or over.

Ivy climbing the walls.

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The definition of a climb is an act of moving upward or increasing.

An example of a climb is a hike up a mountain.

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To slant or slope upward.

The road climbs steeply to the top.

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To grow in an upward direction, as some plants do, often by means of twining stems or tendrils.
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To rise slowly or steadily; ascend.

The plane climbed into the clouds.

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An act of climbing; an ascent.

A long, exhausting climb to the top.

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A place to be climbed.

The face of the cliff was a steep climb.

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To go up by using the feet and, often, the hands.
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To rise or ascend gradually to a higher point; mount.
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To move (down, over, along, etc.), using the hands and feet.
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To get (into or out of clothes or a piece of clothing) hastily, perfunctorily, etc.
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To grow upward on (a wall, trellis, etc.) by winding around or adhering with tendrils.
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An act or instance of climbing; rise; ascent.
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A thing or place to be climbed.
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(intransitive) To ascend; rise; to go up.

Prices climbed steeply.

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To mount; to move upwards on.

They climbed the mountain.

Climbing a tree.

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To scale; to get to the top of something.
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To move (especially up and down something) by gripping with the hands and using the feet.
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(intransitive) To jump high.
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To move to a higher position on the social ladder.
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(botany) Of plants, to grow upwards by clinging to something.
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An act of climbing.
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The act of getting to somewhere more elevated.
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An upwards struggle.
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(intransitive) To practise the sport of climbing.
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climb the walls
  • To be anxious or frantic.
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climb down
  • To back down from a position one has taken, as on an issue.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of climb

  • Middle English climben from Old English climban

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English climben, from Old English climban (“to climb”), from Proto-Germanic *klimbaną (“to climb, go up by clinging”), believed to be a nasalised variant of Proto-Germanic *klibaną, *klibāną (“to stick, cleave”), from Proto-Indo-European *gley- (“to stick”). Cognate with West Frisian klimme (“to climb”), Dutch klimmen (“to climb”), German klimmen (“to climb”), Old Norse klembra (“to squeeze”), Icelandic klifra (“to climb”). Related to clamber. See also clay, glue.

    From Wiktionary