Definition of climb verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//klaɪm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//klaɪm//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they climb
    BrE BrE//klaɪm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//klaɪm//
    he / she / it climbs
    BrE BrE//klaɪmz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//klaɪmz//
    past simple climbed
    BrE BrE//klaɪmd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//klaɪmd//
    past participle climbed
    BrE BrE//klaɪmd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//klaɪmd//
    -ing form climbing
    BrE BrE//ˈklaɪmɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklaɪmɪŋ//
    Trends, Mountains and valleys, Hobbies
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    go up
  1. 1  [transitive, intransitive] climb (up) (something) to go up something towards the top to climb a mountain/hill/tree/wall She climbed up the stairs. The car slowly climbed the hill. As they climbed higher, the air became cooler. See related entries: Mountains and valleys
  2. go through/down/over
  3. 2  [intransitive] + adv./prep. to move somewhere, especially with difficulty or effort I climbed through the window. Sue climbed into bed. Can you climb down? The boys climbed over the wall.
  4. mountain/rock, etc.
  5. 3  go climbing to go up mountains or climb rocks as a hobby or sport He likes to go climbing most weekends. See related entries: Hobbies
  6. aircraft/sun, etc.
  7. 4  [intransitive] to go higher in the sky The plane climbed to 33 000 feet. The sun climbed higher in the sky.
  8. slope up
  9. 5  [intransitive] to slope upwards From here the path climbs steeply to the summit.
  10. of plants
  11. 6[intransitive] to grow up a wall or frame a climbing rose
  12. increase
  13. 7  [intransitive] (of temperature, a country’s money, etc.) to increase in value or amount The dollar has been climbing all week. The paper's circulation continues to climb. Membership is climbing steadily. See related entries: Trends
  14. improve position/status
  15. 8[intransitive] climb (to something) to move to a higher position or social rank by your own effort In a few years he had climbed to the top of his profession. The team has now climbed to fourth in the league.
  16. Word OriginOld English climban, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German klimmen, also to cleave ‘to stick close to something’. More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet. Extra examplesDon’t climb too high. He climbed into the truck and drove off. He climbed slowly up the ladder. He goes climbing every summer. I climbed over the fence into the meadow. Prices have climbed sharply in recent months. The path began to climb quite steeply. The path climbs steeply up the mountainside. The plane took off and climbed to 20 000 feet. The road gradually climbs up from the town. The temperature had climbed above 90 degrees. The vaccination rate began to climb slowly. Two boys climbed onto the roof. Unemployment has climbed from two million to three million. We climbed right to the top of the mountain. He goes climbing most weekends. I loved climbing trees when I was a kid. The dollar/​temperature has been climbing all week. The paper’s circulation continues to climb. Unemployment is still climbing.Idioms
    climb/jump on the bandwagon
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    (informal, disapproving) to join others in doing something that is becoming fashionable because you hope to become popular or successful yourself politicians eager to jump on the environmental bandwagon In the US, political parades often included a band on a wagon. Political leaders would join them in the hope of winning popular support.
    Phrasal Verbsclimb down (over something)
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