American English

Definition of climb verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they climb
    he / she / it climbs
    past simple climbed
    -ing form climbing
    jump to other results
    go up
  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] climb (up) (something) to go up something toward 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.
  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. 3go climbing [intransitive] to go up mountains or climb rocks as a hobby or sport He goes climbing almost every weekend.
  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 upward 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.
  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. Idioms
    climb/jump on the bandwagon (informal) (disapproving)
    jump to other results
    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 U.S., political parades often included a band on a wagon. Political leaders would join them in the hope of winning popular support.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: climb