climb

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
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v go up or advance

“Sales were climbing after prices were lowered”
Synonyms:
mount, rise, wax
Antonyms:
wane
become smaller
Types:
jump
increase suddenly and significantly
advance, gain
rise in rate or price
Type of:
increase
become bigger or greater in amount

v go upward with gradual or continuous progress

“Did you ever climb up the hill behind your house?”
Synonyms:
climb up, go up, mount
Types:
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scale
climb up by means of a ladder
escalade
climb up and over
ramp
creep up -- used especially of plants
mountaineer
climb mountains for pleasure as a sport
ride
climb up on the body
Type of:
arise, come up, go up, lift, move up, rise, uprise
move upward

v move with difficulty, by grasping

Types:
clamber, scramble, shin, shinny, skin, sputter, struggle
climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v slope upward

“The path climbed all the way to the top of the hill”
Type of:
incline, pitch, slope
be at an angle

v increase in value or to a higher point

“prices climbed steeply”
Synonyms:
go up, rise
Types:
soar
go or move upward
bull
advance in price
Type of:
grow
become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain

v improve one's social status

“This young man knows how to climb the social ladder”
Type of:
advance, come along, come on, get along, get on, progress, shape up
develop in a positive way

n an upward slope or grade (as in a road)

Synonyms:
acclivity, ascent, raise, rise, upgrade
Antonyms:
declension, declination, decline, declivity, descent, downslope, fall
a downward slope or bend
Types:
uphill
the upward slope of a hill
Type of:
incline, side, slope
an elevated geological formation

n an event that involves rising to a higher point (as in altitude or temperature or intensity etc.)

Synonyms:
climbing, mounting
Type of:
ascension, ascent, rise, rising
a movement upward

n the act of climbing something

“it was a difficult climb to the top”
Synonyms:
mount
Types:
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scaling
ascent by or as if by a ladder
clamber
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)
escalade
an act of scaling by the use of ladders (especially the walls of a fortification)
Alpinism
mountain climbing (not restricted to the Alps)
Type of:
ascending, ascension, ascent, rise
the act of changing location in an upward direction

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