climbclimb1 /klaɪm/ ●●●W2 verb1move up/down [intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive]CLIMB to move up, down, or across something using your feet and hands, especially when this is difficult to doHarry climbed the stairs.Boys were climbing trees along the river bank.climb up/down/along etcThe wall is too high to climb over.They climbed up into the loft of the old barn.2temperature/prices etc [intransitive]INCREASE IN NUMBER OR AMOUNT to increase in number, amount, or level syn go upThe temperature has climbed steadily since this morning.Inflation climbed 2% last month.climb toThe divorce rate had climbed to almost 30% of all marriages.3with difficulty [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]SLOW to move into, out of, or through something slowly and awkwardlyThe bus pulled in, and we climbed aboard.climb through/over/into etcJohn climbed through the window into the kitchen.I turned the TV on and climbed into bed.4path/sun/plane [intransitive]UP to move gradually to a higher positionThe roller coaster climbs 91 feet and reaches speeds of 45 miles an hour.climb into/up etcThe path climbs high into the hills.The plane climbed to 11,600 feet to try to get above the clouds.5sport [intransitive, transitive]DSOCLIMB to climbmountains or rocks as a sportHillary and Tenzing were the first men to climb Mount Everest.She loves to hike and climb. →climbing6plant [intransitive]UP to grow up a wall or other structureclimbing rose/plant7in a list [intransitive, transitive]SUCCESSFUL to move higher in a list of teams, records etc as you become more popular or successful syn riseclimb toThe song climbed to number two in the US charts.8in your life/job [intransitive, transitive]SUCCESSFUL to move to a better position in your social or professional lifeSteve climbed rapidly in the sales division.men who climbed the career ladder in the 1980s9 →be climbing the wallsTHESAURUSclimb to move up, down, or across something using your hands and feetMost kids love climbing trees.Several fans climbed onto the roof of the arena to get a better view.She climbed down the ladder.ascend formal to climb up somethingHe began to ascend the narrow winding staircase.the first man to ascend Mount Everestgo up to climb up something such as a slope or stairsHe went up the steps to the platform.Sonia was quiet as they went up the hill.scale formal to climb to the top of something such as a high wall or fenceSomehow the men had scaled the twenty-foot wall without setting off the alarm.Protestors scaled the walls of the building and hung banners.Rescuers had to scale a one-thousand-foot cliff before they could reach the injured climber.clamber to climb somewhere with difficulty, using your hands to help youAt last we saw the two girls clambering down the slope to safety.Everyone clambered onto the back of the truck.scramble to climb somewhere quickly and with difficulty, using your hands to help you, especially when you are walkingThey scrambled up the steep rocky bank. →climb down→ See Verb table
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climb• Sales have climbed 11% this quarter.• Trying not to look down, Alan began to climb.• Burglarsclimbed a chain-link fence to gain access to the building.• Woolworth Corp. climbed as much as 7 / 8 to 10 3 / 4.• Now drop left to avoid the guard, while climbing back up left and collecting a crate.• The burglar escaped by climbing down a drainpipe.• We saw a group of people climbing El Capitan in Yosemite.• The geeseclimbed high above us and set off on their long journeysouth.• The pathclimbs high into the hills above the village of Glenridding.• There were roses bedded out, climbing in flower beds, in pots and cut.• We climbed into the cockpit to face the morning sun.• As the plane began to climb Karen started to feel ill.• We don't climb Munros because we are not climbers.• Several fans climbed onto the roof of the arena to get a better view.• The road climbs steadily, reaching 6,000 feet after 18 miles.• Demand for goods grew and importsclimbed steadily.• Towards the end of the season Benfica suddenly climbed the league table and finished third.• The originalestimate of $500 million has now climbed to a staggering $1300 million.• Jinju stayed awhile longer before climbing to her feet.• Jennifer Lopez's new single has climbed to number two in the US charts.• Temperatures are expected to climb to record levels this weekend.• Instead, the Dow Jones industrialaverageclimbed to still another record high.• The kids love climbing trees.• Most kids love climbing trees.• Ivyclimbed up the front of the building.• One of the boys lost his footing as he was climbing up the steepest part of the cliff.climb up/down/along etc• My room is on top of a cloth-shop and I have to climb up a flight of dark stairs to get to it.• Now all MadameButterfly had to do was climb down a piece of wood twice her height and fly free.• We can not fly, that is certain; neither can we climb down into this great ditch.• Before that, Donahue climbed down the ironrungs sticking out the sides of the manhole.• A hedgehog tries to climb up the net and when it hears you approach it promptly rolls up into a ball.• Mike and Jen climbed up the side of this hill and kept bending over, looking at rocks.• We would have been satisfied with the climb up the Wellenkuppe but it was so early, the sky so clear.• Republicans think Fazio is climbing up the wrong broadcastingtower.climb to• U2's new album has climbed to number two in the record charts.• Dreyer's climb to power in city government has been astonishing.• Stock prices climbed to record levels on Friday.climb through/over/into etc• Outside, he climbed into a new minibus.• Go to the bathroom every fifteen minutes, climbing over him, explaining each time that you have a prostate problem.• Phillis began to climb over him.• After great difficulty, she brought the boat close enough so that the young man could climb into it.• Something else, something as he passed the door of the Volvo to climb into the boot.• Without glancing back at the house, he climbed into the cab of the Land Rover.• Ahab fears his own feelings and thus, he climbs into the mast head himself in order to watch for the whales.• He climbed over the refrigerators and dropped into the straw beside her.climb into/up etc• He climbed into bed and lay on his side, not moving and scarcely breathing.• They can often be seen climbing upcreosoted telegraph-poles in a vain search for food.• We climb upgranitebluffsoverlookingvast beds of mussel and seaweed, from which we search the horizon for unknownislands.• Emmie had climbed into her hiding place on the roof of the old summer-house, to smoke.• He watched her intently as she per-formed this habitual act-then climbed into her lap and let her hold him.• Without glancing back at the house, he climbed into the cab of the Land Rover.• They climbed into the car and she took off at maximumgolfcartspeed.• Below us the narrow road twisted upon itself as it began to climb up through the steep foothills.climbing rose/plant• The gold-winning Country Living entrycelebrated her work with a nostalgic cottage-garden full of lupins, irises and climbing roses.• The house is softened by sprawls of climbing roses.• It was covered with climbing plants, and clearly had not been used for years.• It has been replaced with trellis which is planted with variegated euonymus, five clematis, a climbing rose and evergreenhoneysuckles.• The patio was flanked by ancientbrick walls covered in climbing plants and variegated ivy.• Pyracanthas have three seasons of interest but here they are augmented by a climbing rose in a suitably harmoniousshade.• The skeletons of climbing roses, not yet in bud, trailed in a regimented way against a wall.• Trellis supports a climbing rose up a wall and hanging baskets also take the eye upwards.climbed the ... ladder• He climbed the ladder and studied his face for half an hour in the silverdisc that was his halo.• Born in a small mining village near Glenrothes, he has climbed the ladder by learning his craft.• He climbed the ladder, testing each rung carefully.• I washed up and climbed the ladder to the attic.
climbclimb2 ●●○ noun1movement upwardsCLIMB [countable usually singular] a process in which you move up towards a place, especially while using a lot of efforta long steady climb to the top2increaseINCREASE IN NUMBER OR AMOUNT [countable usually singular] an increase in value or amountThe dollar continued its climb against the yen.climb ina steady climb in house prices3improvementSUCCESSFUL [countable usually singular] the process of improving something, especially your professional or social positiona slow climb out of the recessionclimb tothe Labour Party’s climb to power4list/competitionUP [singular] a process in which someone or something reaches a higher position in a list or in a competition because of being popular or successfulthe Giants’ climb from twelfth to fifth in the leaguethe song’s steady climb up the charts5rock/mountainDSO [countable] a steep rock, cliff, or mountain that you climb upone of the hardest rock climbs in the world
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climb• It is logical to narrate a climb from the valley upwards.• Hartzell claim improved take-off and climb performance, reduced noise and vibration, and better ground clearance.• Routes here provide some of the best climbs at their standard in Britain.• He twisted a leg around the rope to rest his hands, then continued his climb.• The dollar continued its climb against the Japaneseyen.• Soon another major climb will begin.• Atlanta's climb from the bottom of the league to first place has increased ticket sales.• The trackdownhill was worse than the climb.• P and Nasdaq resumed their climbs after the July 19 drop -- but money flow into both kept declining.• MountRainier is a toughclimb.• It's a steep uphillclimb all the way to the top.climb in• There has been a steadyclimb in house prices.