go upward with gradual or continuous progress; "Did you ever climb up the hill behind your house?"
To ascend or creep upward by twining about a support, or by attaching itself by tendrils, rootlets, etc
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. He picked up his suitcase and climbed the stairs I told her about him climbing up the drainpipe Kelly climbed down the ladder into the water Children love to climb. Climb is also a noun. an hour's leisurely climb through olive groves and vineyards
improve one's social status; "This young man knows how to climb the social ladder" go upward with gradual or continuous progress; "Did you ever climb up the hill behind your house?" move with difficulty, by grasping slope upward; "The path climbed all the way to the top of the hill
To ascend, as by means of the hands and feet, or laboriously or slowly; to mount
increase in value or to a higher point; "prices climbed steeply"; "the value of our house rose sharply last year"
If you climb somewhere, you move there carefully, for example because you are moving into a small space or trying to avoid falling. The girls hurried outside, climbed into the car, and drove off He must have climbed out of his cot
improve one's social status; "This young man knows how to climb the social ladder"
When something climbs, it increases in value or amount. The nation's unemployment rate has been climbing steadily since last June Prices have climbed by 21% since the beginning of the year The FA Cup Final's audience climbed to 12.3 million Jaguar shares climbed 43 pence to 510 pence
move with difficulty, by grasping slope upward; "The path climbed all the way to the top of the hill
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. = rise
If you climb down in an argument or dispute, you admit that you are wrong, or change your intentions or demands. If Lafontaine is forced to climb down, he may wish to reconsider his position He has climbed down on pledges to reduce capital gains tax. = back down
A climb-down in an argument or dispute is the act of admitting that you are wrong or of changing your intentions or demands. In an embarrassing climb-down, the Home Secretary lifted the deportation threat. an occasion when you admit that you were wrong
[ klIm ] (verb.) before 12th century. From Middle English climben, from Old English climban (“to climb”), from West Germanic *klimbana (“to climb, go up by clinging”), believed to be a nasalised variant of Proto-Germanic *klibanan, *klibájanan (“to stick, cleave”), from Proto-Indo-European *gley- (“to stick”). Cognate with Dutch klimmen (“to climb”), German klimmen (“to climb”), Old Norse klembra (“to squeeze”), Icelandic klifra (“to climb”). Related to clamber. See also clay, glue.
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