- 1 [with object] Go or come up (a slope, incline, or staircase), especially by using the feet and sometimes the hands; ascend: we began to climb the hill [no object]: the air became colder as they climbed higher he climbed up the steps slowlyMore example sentences
- The only way to reach the roof was by climbing the ladder that was inside the building itself, unless they climbed up the side.
- Ewan climbed up the ladder quickly, used to doing so, as he'd been climbing the same ladder for over six years.
- Red began to climb the staircase to the third tower of the east wing, known affectionately as the correlation wing, used mainly for social events, conferences and the like.
- 1.1 [no object] (Of an aircraft or the sun) go upward: we decided to climb to 6,000 feetMore example sentences
rise, ascend, go up, gain altitude
- The sun climbs high and I decide to relax in the ‘Taj Garden Retreat’.
- It is the nature of the place, as if the long shadows cast over the dale until the sun climbs over Tup Fell encourages hidden emotions and intrigues.
- As the sun climbs higher into the sky, the buildings seem to glow and the black holes of their entrances deepen and become more mysterious.
- 1.2 [no object] (Of a road or track) slope upward or up: the track climbed steeply up a narrow, twisting valleyMore example sentences
- The break was a long gulley, and the road climbed precariously and steeply along its edge.
- The bridleway climbs above the road and rejoins it further up at a gate.
- The track climbs steeply towards the summit and lucky for us we had excellent weather and were able to see halfway across Tasmania from the top.
- 1.3(Of a plant) grow up (a wall, tree, or trellis) by clinging with tendrils or by twining: when ivy climbs a wall, it infiltrates any crack [no object]: there were roses climbing up the wallsMore example sentences
- Vines and flowers climbed the trellis, turning our nook into a subtle and intriguing grotto.
- I have a passion flower climbing a south-facing wall and it has flowered extremely well for several years.
- For instant charm and color, frame a door or window with a vine climbing a string trellis.
- 1.4 [no object] Grow in scale, value, or power: the stock market climbed 24 points he climbed from a job as office messenger to president of the bankMore example sentences
- Since hitting the floor last year, its value has steadily climbed again in line with a general recovery in the sector.
- Passenger-train performance began to climb, increasing steadily into the 1990s.
- The company's shares had climbed steadily in value over the preceding two months to a historic high at the end of the year.
- 1.5Move to a higher position in (a chart or table): the song is climbing the adult-contemporary chartMore example sentences
- The song also climbed the charts in North America and went on to become a worldwide hit for the duo.
- We are still in the quarter finals of the Second Division Trophy but I want to see us climbing the table as well.
- The CD features twelve tracks among them the popular Song of Love which is climbing the charts in the UK.
- 2 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Move with effort, especially into or out of a confined space; clamber: Howard started to climb out of the front seat I climbed down a narrow ladder he climbed to a high boughMore example sentences
- He never touched her: until one night, piqued that he hadn't made a move, she climbed over the bolster herself.
- The cranks on the deck were moved off quickly, while crew members climbed aboard the massive transit.
- Space Tower Danny climbs onto Spain's tallest skyscraper, currently under construction in Barcelona.
- 2.1 (climb into) Put on (clothes): he climbed into his suitMore example sentences
- But she might just as well be expressing her thrill at climbing into clothes a size smaller than before.
- They all begin climbing into old style pressure suits, to add an extra safety factor above their life belts.
- I have no memory of climbing into my space suit and double-checking all the seals before I must have vented the airlock.
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- 1An ascent, especially of a mountain or hill, by climbing: the rigorous climb up the mountain • figurative his long climb from povertyMore example sentences
- It's a long climb, a brutal ascent by any standard, but that severity is the mountain's saving grace.
- The easy walk was a shorter version of Jim's walk, and both walks finished with the climb to Hoad Hill and the Barrow Monument.
- After a while we began a gentle ascent of the Little Homer Saddle, the only climb in the whole walk.
- 1.1A mountain, hill, or slope that is climbed or is to be climbed: the mountain is no easy climbMore example sentences
- At the top of the grassy climb you will come across this monument.
- This painting captures the height of the grassy climb, looking down over the white chalk cliffs to the water.
- 1.2A recognized route up a mountain or cliff: this may be the hardest rock climb in the worldMore example sentences
- From the lake we were able to see several sizable climbs in the broken rock circling the upper third of our target.
- Along with the infamous Mont Ventoux, the climbs on the route today are the most feared monsters in France.
- There are three fourth-category climbs on the route but these are unlikely to present any problems for the riders.
- 1.3An aircraft’s flight upward: we leveled out from the climb at 600 feet rate of climbMore example sentences
- Graham cleaned up the aircraft for single-engine climb and took the flight controls.
- The take-off is flawless; a steep climb has the aircraft high by strip's end to avoid the possibility of ground-fire.
- The lead aircraft coordinated a climb with the tower controller to hold over the airport at 2,500 feet.
- 1.4A rise or increase in value, rank, or power: an above-average climb in pricesMore example sentences
- We'll also see the value of the dollar climb in foreign markets.
- Megalomania, in particular, often provides a strong motivation for the climb to centrality and power.
- In 2002 the increase in wages was matched by the climb in the consumer price index of 30 percent.
be climbing the walls
- • informal Feel frustrated, helpless, and trapped: his job soon had him climbing the wallsMore example sentences
- It had been a mess and I was climbing the walls and was a little bit bitter.
- These are very vulnerable children, they are not climbing the walls or anything like that, but they do need a lot of support.
- ‘It was a wrench leaving Gilbert at first but I was climbing the walls at home, I was anxious to come back to work,’ said Deirdre.
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- It has, in the parlance of sport, been a steep learning curve for the Scottish squad, but one which is still climbable.
- Elsie has climbed every mountain peak in the Lake District that is climbable.
- When we look at a rock, building, large object, or even ridiculously small object, we first scope it out, noticing only its climbable features, and then we climb it.