[ klahym-doun ]
/ ˈklaɪmˌdaʊn /


a retreat, as from an indefensible opinion or position.

Origin of climb-down

First recorded in 1885–90; noun use of verb phrase climb down

Definition for climb down (2 of 2)

Origin of climb

before 1000; Middle English climben, Old English climban; cognate with Dutch, German klimmen; akin to clamber
Related forms
Can be confusedclimb clime

Synonym study

8. Climb, ascend, mount, scale imply a moving upward. To climb is to make one's way upward, often with effort: to climb a mountain. Ascend, in its literal meaning (“to go up”), is general, but it now usually suggests a gradual or stately movement, with or without effort, often to a considerable degree of altitude: to ascend the heights; to ascend the Himalayas. Mount may be interchangeable with ascend, but also suggests climbing on top of or astride of: to mount a platform, a horse. Scale, a more literary word, implies difficult or hazardous climbing up or over something: to scale a summit. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for climb down (1 of 2)

climb down

verb (intr, adverb)

to descend
(often foll by from) to retreat (from an opinion, position, etc)

noun climb-down

a retreat from an opinion, etc

British Dictionary definitions for climb down (2 of 2)


/ (klaɪm) /

verb (mainly intr)


the act or an instance of climbing
a place or thing to be climbed, esp a route in mountaineering
Related formsRelated adjective: scansorial
Derived Formsclimbable, adjective

Word Origin for climb

Old English climban; related to Old Norse klembra to squeeze, Old High German climban to clamber
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