verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to descend, especially by using both hands and feet.
- to retreat, as from an indefensible opinion or position: He was forced to climb down from his untenable position.
Origin of climb
Antonyms for climb
Examples from the Web for climb
Contemporary Examples of climb
The pilot asked air-traffic control for permission to climb from 32,000 to 38,000 feet to avoid the bad weather.Wreckage, Bodies of AirAsia Crash Found
December 30, 2014
Make a batch of these rum balls, climb into a onesie, and let your favorite movie do the rest.Carla Hall’s Christmas Day Treat: Rum Balls
December 25, 2014
Republicans have the highest hill to climb but greatest opportunity.Is This the Beginning of the End for Blacks and Dems?
November 3, 2014
It took you quite a while to climb the Hollywood mountain, so to speak.David Oyelowo on Playing Martin Luther King Jr., Ebola Fears, and Race in Hollywood
October 15, 2014
Until the epidemic is brought under control, the CDC predicts the numbers will continue to climb at that rate.Why Isn't Silicon Valley Doing More to Fight Ebola?
October 8, 2014
Historical Examples of climb
I would I were my brother, your honour,” said Ambrose, “then would I climb the thee.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Who foremost now to climb the leaguered wall, The first to triumph, or the first to fall?The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
He will never fly at your elephant, or climb a tree, or take to the water after you!Weighed and Wanting
After two hours' climb, the features of the landscape change.The Roof of France
Without waiting to plan, I began to climb down the steep side of the ravine.The Trail Book
verb (mainly intr)
Word Origin for climb
Old English climban "raise oneself using hands and feet; rise gradually, ascend; make an ascent of" (past tense clamb, past participle clumben, clumbe), from West Germanic *klimbanan "go up by clinging" (cf. Dutch klimmen "to climb," Old High German klimban, German klimmen). A strong verb in Old English, weak by 16c. Most other Germanic languages long ago dropped the -b. Meaning "to mount as if by climbing" is from mid-14c. Figurative sense of "rise slowly by effort" is from mid-13c. Related: Climbed; climbing.
1580s, "act of climbing," from climb (v.). Meaning "an ascent by climbing" is from 1915, originally in aviation.