• IPA: /klaɪm/, [kˡlaɪm]

climb (climbs, present participle climbing; past climbed, past participle climbed)

  1. (intransitive) To ascend; rise; to go up.
    Prices climbed steeply.
    • Black vapours climb aloft, and cloud the day.
  2. (transitive) To mount; to move upwards on.
    They climbed the mountain.
    Climbing a tree
  3. (transitive) To scale; to get to the top of something.
  4. (transitive) To move (especially up and down something) by gripping with the hands and using the feet.
    • 1900, James Frazer, The Golden Bough Chapter 65
      A priest clad in a white robe climbs the tree and with a golden sickle cuts the mistletoe, which is caught in a white cloth.
    • 1900, L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
      She thought she must have been mistaken at first, for none of the scarecrows in Kansas ever wink; but presently the figure nodded its head to her in a friendly way. Then she climbed down from the fence and walked up to it, while Toto ran around the pole and barked.
  5. (intransitive) to practise the sport of climbing
  6. (intransitive) to jump high
  7. To move to a higher position on the social ladder.
  8. (botany) Of plants, to grow upwards by clinging to something.
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climb (plural climbs)

  1. An act of climbing.
  2. The act of getting to somewhere more elevated.
    • 2012, July 15. Richard Williams in Guardian Unlimited, Tour de France 2012: Carpet tacks cannot force Bradley Wiggins off track ↗
      The Mur de Péguère is a savage little climb, its last four kilometres a narrow tunnel of trees and excited spectators urging on the straining riders.
    • 1999, B. Keith Jones, The Roomie Do Me Blues
      I guess the room wasn't so bad, except for the climb to get there. The stairs were destined to be a serious health hazard.
  3. An upwards struggle

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