to go up or ascend, especially by using the hands and feet or feet only: to climb up a ladder.
to rise slowly by or as if by continued effort: The car laboriously climbed to the top of the mountain.
to ascend or rise: The plane climbed rapidly and we were soon at 35,000 feet. Temperatures climbed into the 80s yesterday.
to slope upward: The road climbs steeply up to the house.
to ascend by twining or by means of tendrils, adhesive tissues, etc., as a plant: The ivy climbed to the roof.
to proceed or move by using the hands and feet, especially on an elevated place; crawl: to climb along a branch; to climb around on the roof.
to ascend in prominence, fortune, etc.: From lowly beginnings he climbed to the highest office in the land.
to ascend, go up, or get to the top of, especially by the use of the hands and feet or feet alone or by continuous or strenuous effort: to climb a rope; to climb the stairs; to climb a mountain.
to go to the top of and over: The prisoners climbed the wall and escaped.
a climbing; an ascent by climbing: It was a long climb to the top of the hill.
a place to be climbed: That peak is quite a climb.
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.
climb the walls. wall (def. 15).
- climb·a·ble, adjective
- half-climbing, adjective
- non·climb·a·ble, adjective
- non·climb·ing, adjective
- re·climb, verb (used with object), re·climbed, re·climb·ing.
- un·climb·a·ble, adjective
- un·climbed, adjective
- un·climb·ing, adjective
- climb , clime
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How to use climb in a sentence
The second was how much fun the game was to watch, measured by the overall win probability swings — the steeper the dips and climbs, the better.That really was one of the least enjoyable Super Bowls of all time | Neil Greenberg | February 9, 2021 | Washington Post
This path heads to the top of the 520-foot-high dome, which overlooks Sand Beach and also features a near vertical climb with narrow ledges and rungs embedded in the rock face.
During the slow climb up the mountain, Jim and I chatted about our summers and the winter ahead.
The stock’s IPO debuted at $27 a share, then once the pandemic hit, started a climb that looks like a ride up Mount Ventoux, today trading at almost $150 a share.
However, Vice still faces an uphill climb to increase its revenue because its growing TV and movie business accounts for less than half of its total revenue.Media Briefing: The media industry’s top trends at the moment | Tim Peterson | January 28, 2021 | Digiday
The pilot asked air-traffic control for permission to climb from 32,000 to 38,000 feet to avoid the bad weather.
Make a batch of these rum balls, climb into a onesie, and let your favorite movie do the rest.
Republicans have the highest hill to climb but greatest opportunity.Is This the Beginning of the End for Blacks and Dems? | Keli Goff | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Marlow Stern | October 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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? | Abby Haglage | October 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Some of the alarm returned, however, when the creature attempted to climb up by his own ladder.The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
I made two attempts to climb up, but both times slipped back.
Analysis and practice in preparation are the steps over which we must climb to the platform of power.Expressive Voice Culture | Jessie Eldridge Southwick
It was held to be certain death to climb to its summit, and foolhardy in the extreme to go far up its sides.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
climb up the hill to the old fort and look at the little wriggling gold snakes, and watch the lizards sun themselves.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
British Dictionary definitions for climb
(also tr often foll by up) to go up or ascend (stairs, a mountain, etc)
(often foll by along) to progress with difficulty: to climb along a ledge
to rise to a higher point or intensity: the temperature climbed
to incline or slope upwards: the road began to climb
to ascend in social position
(of plants) to grow upwards by twining, using tendrils or suckers, etc
informal (foll by into) to put (on) or get (into)
to be a climber or mountaineer
the act or an instance of climbing
a place or thing to be climbed, esp a route in mountaineering
- Related adjective: scansorial
- climbable, adjective
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