climb Definition

  • 1to go up something, often using your hands and feet
  • 2to move or rise gradually but steadily to a higher point or position

Using climb: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "climb" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She climbed the ladder to the roof.

  • Example

    The hikers climbed the mountain in two days.

  • Example

    The sun climbed higher in the sky.

  • Example

    The stock market has been climbing for weeks.

climb Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for climb

Antonyms for climb

Idioms Using climb

  • a steep climb

    a difficult or challenging task or situation


    Starting a new business is always a steep climb, but it can be rewarding if you succeed.

  • to get on a vehicle or ship


    We need to hurry and climb aboard the train before it leaves the station.

  • to get into bed


    After a long day at work, all I want to do is climb into bed and go to sleep.

Phrases with climb

  • to feel very anxious or frustrated because you are bored or have nothing to do


    I was so bored waiting for my flight that I felt like climbing the walls.

  • to admit that you were wrong or that you have changed your opinion about something


    After arguing for hours, he finally climbed down and agreed to compromise.

  • to advance in a company or organization by moving from a lower-level job to a higher-level one


    He started as an intern and worked his way up, climbing the corporate ladder to become CEO.


Summary: climb in Brief

To 'climb' [klaɪm] means to ascend something, often using hands and feet, or to move or rise gradually but steadily to a higher point or position. It can refer to physical activities like hiking or rock climbing, as well as metaphorical ones like climbing the corporate ladder. Phrases include 'climb the walls,' expressing anxiety or frustration, and 'climb down,' meaning to admit being wrong. Idioms include 'a steep climb,' denoting a difficult task, and 'climb aboard,' referring to getting on a vehicle or ship.

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