To climb is to go higher. When you ascend a mountain, you climb it, and when a song rises in popularity, it climbs the charts.

To climb something generally takes hard work, which is clear when you watch a toddler climb a jungle gym or a mountaineer climb a sheer rock wall. You can also climb things metaphorically, like when a soldier climbs the ranks from corporal to major. Prices can climb too, when they get higher, and you can climb a social ladder when you meet well-connected people at parties. The Germanic root is klimban, "go up by clinging."

Definitions of climb
  1. verb
    go up or advance
    “Sales were climbing after prices were lowered”
    synonyms: mount, rise, wax
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    become smaller
    increase suddenly and significantly
    advance, gain
    rise in rate or price
    type of:
    become bigger or greater in amount
  2. verb
    go upward with gradual or continuous progress
    “Did you ever climb up the hill behind your house?”
    synonyms: climb up, go up, mount
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    climb up by means of a ladder
    climb up and over
    creep up -- used especially of plants
    climb mountains for pleasure as a sport
    climb up on the body
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    arise, come up, go up, lift, move up, rise, uprise
    move upward
  3. verb
    move with difficulty, by grasping
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    clamber, scramble, shin, shinny, skin, sputter, struggle
    climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
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    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  4. verb
    slope upward
    “The path climbed all the way to the top of the hill”
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    incline, pitch, slope
    be at an angle
  5. verb
    increase in value or to a higher point
    “prices climbed steeply”
    synonyms: go up, rise
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    go or move upward
    advance in price
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    become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain
  6. verb
    improve one's social status
    “This young man knows how to climb the social ladder”
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    advance, come along, come on, get along, get on, progress, shape up
    develop in a positive way
  7. noun
    an upward slope or grade (as in a road)
    synonyms: acclivity, ascent, raise, rise, upgrade
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    declension, declination, decline, declivity, descent, downslope, fall
    a downward slope or bend
    the upward slope of a hill
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    incline, side, slope
    an elevated geological formation
  8. noun
    an event that involves rising to a higher point (as in altitude or temperature or intensity etc.)
    synonyms: climbing, mounting
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    ascension, ascent, rise, rising
    a movement upward
  9. noun
    the act of climbing something
    “it was a difficult climb to the top”
    synonyms: mount
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    ascent by or as if by a ladder
    an awkward climb
    mountain climbing, mountaineering
    the activity of climbing a mountain
    rock climbing
    the sport or pastime of scaling rock masses on mountain sides (especially with the help of ropes and special equipment)
    an act of scaling by the use of ladders (especially the walls of a fortification)
    mountain climbing (not restricted to the Alps)
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    ascending, ascension, ascent, rise
    the act of changing location in an upward direction
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