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verb     climb pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleclimbing
past tenseclimbed
past participleclimbed
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to use your hands and feet to move up, over, down, or across something

    He climbed onto the roof to check the TV aerial.

    We escaped by climbing through a window.

    The barbed wire is to stop people climbing over the fence.

    climb a ladder/tree/wall:

    He climbed the ladder to get onto the roof.

    1. a.
      to use your hands and feet to move up cliffs or mountains as a sport

      She was the third woman to climb Mount Everest.

      go climbing:

      If you go climbing you need the right boots.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to walk to the top of something high

    We left the road and climbed the hill towards the wood.

    1. a.
      to walk to the top of some steps or stairs

      They had to climb ten flights of stairs because the lift was broken.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] if a temperature, price, or the level of something climbs, it becomes higher

    Temperatures climbed into the 90s.

    Their profits climbed from £20 million to £50 million last year.

    climb steadily:

    Unemployment has climbed steadily over the past year.

  4. 4
    [intransitive] to get into or out of something, especially by stepping to a higher or lower position

    Sara yawned as she climbed wearily into bed.

  5. 5
    [intransitive] if an aircraft climbs, it moves up to a higher position in the air

    The plane climbed to an altitude of 60,000 feet.

  6. 6
    [intransitive/transitive] to move to a higher level in your job or social position

    people who climb to the top of their profession

    climb the career/social ladder:

    He began working at eighteen, determined to climb the career ladder.

  7. 7
    [intransitive] if a plant climbs up or over something, it grows up it

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