to move up, down, or across something using your feet and hands, especially when this is difficult to do:
move up/down[intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive]
Harry climbed the stairs.
Boys were climbing trees along the river bank.
climb up/down/along etc
The wall is too high to climb over.
They climbed up into the loft of the old barn.
to increase in number, amount, or level:
The temperature has climbed steadily since this morning.
Inflation climbed 2% last month.
The divorce rate had climbed to almost 30% of all marriages.
to move into, out of, or through something slowly and awkwardly:
with difficulty[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
The bus pulled in, and we climbed aboard.
climb through/over/into etc
John climbed through the window into the kitchen.
I turned the TV on and climbed into bed.
to move gradually to a higher position:
The roller coaster climbs 91 feet and reaches speeds of 45 miles an hour.
climb into/up etc
The path climbs high into the hills.
The plane climbed to 11,600 feet to try to get above the clouds.
to climb mountains or rocks as a sport: ➔ climbing
sport[intransitive and transitive]DSO
Sir Edmund Hillary was the first man to climb Mount Everest.
She loves to hike and climb.
to grow up a wall or other structure
to move higher in a list of teams, records etc as you become more popular or successful
in a list[intransitive and transitive]
The song climbed to number 2 in the US charts.
to move to a better position in your social or professional life:
in your life/job[intransitive and transitive]
Steve climbed rapidly in the sales division.
men who climbed the career ladder in the 1980s
to become extremely anxious, annoyed, or impatient:
If I don't get a drink soon, I'll be climbing the walls.