climb1 W2 [klaım] v
1¦(move up/down)¦
2¦(temperature/prices etc)¦
3¦(with difficulty)¦
7¦(in a list)¦
8¦(in your life/job)¦
9 be climbing the walls
Phrasal verbs
 climb down
[: Old English; Origin: climban]
1.) ¦(MOVE UP/DOWN)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition, T]
to move up, down, or across something using your feet and hands, especially when this is difficult to do
Harry climbed the stairs.
Boys were climbing trees along the river bank.
climb up/down/along etc
The wall is too high to climb over.
They climbed up into the loft of the old barn.
to increase in number, amount, or level
The temperature has climbed steadily since this morning.
Inflation climbed 2% last month.
climb to
The divorce rate had climbed to almost 30% of all marriages.
3.) ¦(WITH DIFFICULTY)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
to move into, out of, or through something slowly and awkwardly
The bus pulled in, and we climbed aboard.
climb through/over/into etc
John climbed through the window into the kitchen.
I turned the TV on and climbed into bed.
4.) ¦(PATH/SUN/PLANE)¦ [I]
to move gradually to a higher position
The roller coaster climbs 91 feet and reaches speeds of 45 miles an hour.
climb into/up etc
The path climbs high into the hills.
The plane climbed to 11,600 feet to try to get above the clouds.
5.) ¦(SPORT)¦ [I and T]
to climb mountains or rocks as a sport
Sir Edmund Hillary was the first man to climb Mount Everest.
She loves to hike and climb.
6.) ¦(PLANT)¦ [I]
to grow up a wall or other structure
climbing rose/plant
7.) ¦(IN A LIST)¦ [I and T]
to move higher in a list of teams, records etc as you become more popular or successful
climb to
Their new album has climbed to number 2 in the US charts.
8.) ¦(IN YOUR LIFE/JOB)¦ [I and T]
to move to a better position in your social or professional life
Steve climbed rapidly in the sales division.
men who climbed the career ladder in the 1980s
9.) be climbing the walls
[i]spoken to become extremely anxious, annoyed, or impatient
If I don't get a drink soon, I'll be climbing the walls.
climb down phr v
to admit that you were wrong, especially after being certain that you were right
climb 2
climb2 n
1¦(movement upwards)¦
1.) ¦(MOVEMENT UPWARDS)¦ [C usually singular]
a process in which you move up towards a place, especially while using a lot of effort
a long, steady climb to the top
2.) ¦(INCREASE)¦ [C usually singular]
an increase in value or amount
The dollar continued its climb against the yen.
climb in
a steady climb in house prices
3.) ¦(IMPROVEMENT)¦ [C usually singular]
the process of improving something, especially your professional or social position
a slow climb out of the recession
climb to
the Labour Party's climb to power
4.) ¦(LIST/COMPETITION)¦ [singular]
a process in which someone or something gets a higher position in a list or in a competition because of being popular or successful
the Giants' climb from twelfth to fifth in the league
the song's steady climb up the charts
a steep rock, cliff, or mountain you climb up
one of the hardest rock climbs in the world

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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