Climb Definition

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climbed, climbing, climbs
To go up by using the feet and, often, the hands.
Webster's New World
To move (down, over, along, etc.), using the hands and feet.
Webster's New World
To engage in the activity or sport of mountain climbing.
American Heritage
To rise or ascend gradually to a higher point; mount.
Webster's New World
To get (into or out of clothes or a piece of clothing) hastily, perfunctorily, etc.
Webster's New World
An act or instance of climbing; rise; ascent.
Webster's New World
A thing or place to be climbed.
Webster's New World

An upwards struggle.

climb the walls
  • To be anxious or frantic.
American Heritage
climb down
  • to back down from a position one has taken, as on an issue
Webster's New World

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Origin of Climb

  • 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

  • Middle English climben from Old English climban

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

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