climb

[[t]kla͟ɪm[/t]]
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climbs, climbing, climbed
1) VERB If you climb something such as a tree, mountain, or ladder, or climb up it, you move towards the top of it. If you climb down it, you move towards the bottom of it.

[V n] Climbing the first hill took half an hour...

[V n] He picked up his suitcase and climbed the stairs...

[V up n] I told her about him climbing up the drainpipe...

[V down n] Kelly climbed down the ladder into the water...

Children love to climb. [Also V up/down]

N-COUNT: oft N prep
Climb is also a noun.

...an hour's leisurely climb through olive groves and vineyards.

2) VERB If you climb somewhere, you move there carefully, for example because you are moving into a small space or trying to avoid falling.

[V prep/adv] The girls hurried outside, climbed into the car, and drove off...

[V prep/adv] He must have climbed out of his cot...

[V prep/adv] He climbed down from the cab.

3) VERB When something such as an aeroplane climbs, it moves upwards to a higher position. When the sun climbs, it moves higher in the sky.

The plane took off for LA, lost an engine as it climbed, and crashed just off the runway. [Also V prep]

Syn:
4) VERB When something climbs, it increases in value or amount.

The nation's unemployment rate has been climbing steadily since last June...

[V by amount] Prices have climbed by 21% since the beginning of the year...

[V to/from amount] The FA Cup Final's audience climbed to 12.3 million...

[V amount] Jaguar shares climbed 43 pence to 510 pence.

5) See also climbing
a mountain to climbsee mountain
Phrasal Verbs:

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Climb — Climb! Beschreibung Deutschsprachige Kletterzeitschrift Verlag Bruckmann Verlag Erstausgabe 2006 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Climb! — Beschreibung Deutschsprachige Kletterzeitschrift Verlag Bruckmann Verlag Erstausgabe 2006 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • climb — Ⅰ. climb UK US /klaɪm/ verb ► [I] if a price, number, or amount climbs, it increases: costs/prices/rates climb »Our costs have climbed rapidly in the last few years. »climb steadily/steeply/slowly ► [I or T] to improve your position at work or in …   Financial and business terms

  • climb — climb·able; climb; climb·er; up·climb·er; …   English syllables

  • Climb — (kl[imac]m), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Climbed} (kl[imac]md), Obs. or Vulgar {Clomb} (kl[o^]m); p. pr. & vb. n. {Climbing}.] [AS. climban; akin to OHG. chlimban, G. & D. klimmen, Icel. kl[=i]fa, and E. cleave to adhere.] 1. To ascend or mount… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Climb — Climb, v. t. To ascend, as by means of the hands and feet, or laboriously or slowly; to mount. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Climb — Climb, n. The act of one who climbs; ascent by climbing. Warburton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • climb — index headway, progress, surmount Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • climb — vb *ascend, mount, scale Antonyms: descend …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • climb — [v] crawl, move up ape up*, ascend, clamber, escalade, escalate, go up, mount, rise, scale, soar, top; concept 166 Ant. descend, dismount, go down, retreat …   New thesaurus

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