- 1 [with object] Go or come up a (slope or staircase); 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 upwards: we decided to climb to 6,000 feetMore example sentences
rise, ascend, fly upwards, 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 upwards: 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] Increase in scale, value, or power: deer numbers have been climbing steadily the stock market climbed 23.9 pointsMore 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 book climbed to number 18 on the New York Times bestseller listMore 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 seatMore 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: this walk involves a long moorland climb • figurative how old will these graduates be before they begin a long climb out of debt?More 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: he was too full of alcohol to negotiate the climb safelyMore 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 upwards: we levelled out from the climb at 600 feet [mass noun]: the rate of climb can be set by the pilotMore 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.
have a mountain to climb
- Be facing a very difficult task: we have a mountain to climb, but I am looking forward to the challengeMore example sentences
- ‘Andrew has a mountain to climb, and he will be climbing it for the rest of his life,’ said Deborah.
- We still have a mountain to climb to stop this happening but it is not insurmountable if there is democracy.
- ‘I know I have a mountain to climb before reversing this error, but I know I have to start somewhere,’ he said.
- British Withdraw from a position taken up in argument or negotiation: he was forced to climb down over the central package in the billMore example sentences
back down, admit defeat, concede defeat, surrender, capitulate, yield, give in/up, give way, cave in, submit; retreat, backtrack, back-pedal; admit that one is wrong, retract one's words, eat one's words, eat humble pie; do a U-turn, do an about-face, row back, shift one's ground, sing a different song, have second thoughts; British do an about-turnNorth American • informal eat crow
- Diageo stuck to its guns for a while but climbed down after being overwhelmed by the strength of opposition.
- The protest ended peacefully after about an hour when the activists climbed down.
- Some in the City believe HSH, not Barclays, will eventually have to climb down.
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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.