Language: Old English
Origin: climban


1 verb
climb1 W2

move up/down

[intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive] to move up, down, or across something using your feet and hands, especially when this is difficult to do:
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.

temperature/prices etc

[intransitive] to increase in number, amount, or level:
The temperature has climbed steadily since this morning.
Inflation climbed 2% last month.
climb to
The divorce rate had climbed to almost 30% of all marriages.

with difficulty

[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to move into, out of, or through something slowly and awkwardly:
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.


[intransitive] 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.


[intransitive and transitive]DSO to climb mountains or rocks as a sport:
Sir Edmund Hillary was the first man to climb Mount Everest.
She loves to hike and climb.


[intransitive] to grow up a wall or other structure

in a list

[intransitive and transitive] to move higher in a list of teams, records etc as you become more popular or successful
climb to
The song climbed to number 2 in the US charts.

in your life/job

[intransitive and transitive] to move to a better position in your social or professional life:
Steve climbed rapidly in the sales division.
men who climbed the career ladder in the 1980s

be climbing the walls

spoken to become extremely anxious, annoyed, or impatient:
If I don't get a drink soon, I'll be climbing the walls.

climb down

phrasal verb
to admit that you were wrong, especially after being certain that you were right

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