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BNC: 1646 COCA: 1566


1 climb /ˈklaɪm/ verb
climbs; climbed; climbing
1 climb
climbs; climbed; climbing
Learner's definition of CLIMB
[+ object] : to move or go up (something) using your feet and often your hands攀登;攀爬
: to go up mountains, cliffs, etc., as a sport登(山);攀岩
[+ object]
[no object]
always followed by an adverb or preposition, [no object] : to move yourself in a way that usually involves going up or down上去;下来;越过
[no object] : to go higher : to go upward爬升;上升
: to move to a higher position in a ranking or list(排名)上升,攀升
[no object]
[+ object]
: to move to a social or professional position that is more respected or powerful(社会地位或职位)晋升,提升
[no object]
[+ object]
[no object] : to increase in amount, value, or level(数量、价值或水平)上升,上涨
of plants : to grow up or over something(植物)攀缘而上
[+ object]
[no object]

climb down

[phrasal verb] chiefly British
: to admit that you have made a mistake and change your position or opinion认错;让步;退让
see also climbdown

climbing the walls

: feeling very anxious or frustrated because you have a lot of energy but are unable to do something you want to do非常忧虑(或沮丧)

— climbing

noun [noncount]
see also rock climbing
2 climb /ˈklaɪm/ noun
plural climbs
2 climb
plural climbs
Learner's definition of CLIMB
: the act of climbing攀登;攀缘: such as
: the act or process of climbing a mountain, hill, etc.登山;爬山
: the act or process of moving upward攀升;上升
: the act or process of going to a higher level or position(等级或位置的)提升,上升
BNC: 1646 COCA: 1566


1 of 2


climbed; climbing; climbs

intransitive verb

: to go upward with gradual or continuous progress : rise, ascend
watching the smoke climb
: to increase gradually
prices are continuing to climb
: to slope upward
a climbing path
: to go upward or raise oneself especially by grasping or clutching with the hands
climbed aboard the train
of a plant : to ascend in growth (as by twining)
Ivy is climbing up the walls of the old building.
: to go about or down usually by grasping or holding with the hands
climb down the ladder
: to get into or out of clothing usually with some haste or effort
the firefighters climbed into their clothes

transitive verb

: to go upward on or along, to the top of, or over
climb a hill
: to draw or pull oneself up, over, or to the top of by using hands and feet
children climbing the tree
: to grow up or over
ivy climbing the wall
climbable adjective


2 of 2


: a place where climbing is necessary to progress
steep climbs
: the act or an instance of climbing : rise, ascent
It's a 20-minute climb to the ridge from here.

Example Sentences

Verb He dreams of climbing Kilimanjaro. It took them six days to climb the mountain. She has climbed seriously for several years now. The actors were climbing down from the stage. He climbed over the fence. The passengers of the sailboat climbed aboard. The pilot climbed into the cockpit. I think she climbed in through the window. He climbed out of the car with a box in his hands. Noun It's a 20-minute climb to the ridge from here. He's planning to attempt one of the most difficult climbs in South America this summer. The book made a rapid climb to the top of the best-seller list. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Alabama’s high temperatures will steadily climb through next week. Leigh Morgan, al, 16 Sep. 2022 And with the cost of living continuing to climb, low-income people and communities of color are suffering the most. Colin Lodewick, Fortune, 23 Aug. 2022 At the foot of a hill in the park’s southeast corner, the wall appears to dip underwater to span the pond, before continuing on to climb another hill across the way. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Aug. 2022 The numbers of refugees are continuing to climb globally. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, 14 Aug. 2022 But the project quickly ran into problems, with the price continuing to climb as Oracle submitted change orders and the utility relied heavily on vendors who were flown in from around the country, according to board meeting discussions. Ian Duncan, Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2022 Several years after facing manslaughter and other charges in the 2015 deadly arrest of Freddie Gray, Alicia White was promoted Friday from lieutenant to captain, continuing to climb the ranks inside the Baltimore Police Department. Lea Skene, Baltimore Sun, 6 Aug. 2022 Deaths: One disheartening, but expected, trend is that deaths are continuing to climb, a lagging effect of previous increases in cases and hospitalization. Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2022 Dividends are continuing to climb to new highs this year. WSJ, 25 July 2022
Even his speech occasionally slurs to a halt, as if his mouth resents the climb of consonants. Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2022 After cycling along the Seine, the route cuts into the Left Bank for the longest climb of the day, which finishes at the Pantheon overlooking Luxembourg Gardens. New York Times, 23 May 2022 Meanwhile, the Northeast saw a climb of 6.7%, the Midwest 8.5%, and the West 5.9%. Brenda Richardson, Forbes, 4 May 2022 The steady upward climb of Netflix subscriber gains had to stop sometime, and that sometime was Q1 2022. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 23 Apr. 2022 Free Solo documented Honnold's quest to become the first to complete a free solo climb of El Capitan—not without controversy, given the very real risk of Honnold dying in the attempt. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 22 Apr. 2022 The steady climb of inflation during the pandemic has put further stress on retirees. Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2022 Gradual, that is, except for one lung buster climb of about one-quarter mile that rates a high 8 on the wheezer scale. Flip Putthoff, Arkansas Online, 21 Dec. 2021 Coming down during the second half of the trip was the flipside of the anxious climb: a prolonged sense of inner peace. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 7 Aug. 2022 See More

Word History


Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Old English climban; probably akin to Old English clifian to adhere — more at cleave

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


circa 1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of climb was before the 12th century
BNC: 1646 COCA: 1566


1act of climbing攀登ADJECTIVE | VERB + CLIMB | PREPOSITION ADJECTIVElong, slow長時間的/緩慢的攀登short短距離的攀登arduous, difficult, hard, steep, tough (especially NAmE) 艱辛的攀登;艱難的攀登;陡直的攀登uphill (often figurative, especially NAmE) 向上的攀登;艱難的事情The airline faces an uphill climb to compete with top air carriers.這家航空公司面臨着與頂級航空公司競爭的艱巨任務。easy容易的攀登steady穩步攀登final最後的攀登We rode to Pamba then made the final climb on foot.我們騎車到潘巴,然後步行做最後的攀登。VERB + CLIMBdo, make攀登I was fitter the first time I did the climb.第一次攀登的時候我體力更好些。PREPOSITIONon a/the climb攀登時I broke my ankle on a climb last week.我上週爬山時扭傷了腳踝。climb from, climb to從⋯的攀登;到⋯的攀登the short climb from the road to the summit從公路到山頂的短距離爬山climb up向上的攀登They began the long climb up the hill.他們開始了長距離的爬山。


2increase in value/amount/status價值增長;數量增加;地位上升ADJECTIVE | PREPOSITION ADJECTIVElong, slow長時間的/緩慢的上升rapid迅速上升gradual, steady漸漸/平穩上升upward上升the upward climb of interest rates利率的上升PREPOSITIONclimb against相對⋯的上升the dollar's climb against the euro美元對歐元的升值climb in在⋯方面上升a steady climb in the cost of travel旅遊費用的穩步上升climb out of從⋯爬出a long slow climb out of recession從經濟衰退中漫長緩慢的復蘇climb to到⋯的上升her rapid climb to stardom她躥升為明星


1move up to the top of sth攀登;爬ADVERB | PREPOSITION | PHRASES ADVERBhigh攀高Don't climb too high.不要爬得太高。slowly慢慢地攀登nimbly, quickly, rapidly, swiftly敏捷地/很快地/迅速地/飛快地攀登carefully小心地攀登wearily精疲力竭地攀登PREPOSITIONup向上爬He climbed slowly up the ladder.他順着梯子慢慢向上爬。onto爬上Two boys climbed onto the roof.兩個男孩爬上了屋頂。into爬入He climbed into the truck and drove off.他爬進貨車,開車走了。over爬過I climbed over the fence into the meadow.我翻過柵欄進入牧場。PHRASESclimb to the top爬到頂部We climbed right to the top of the mountain.我們一直爬到山頂。go climbing (= for sport) 去爬山He goes climbing every summer.他每年夏天都去爬山。


2move/lead upwards向上ADVERB | VERB + CLIMB | PREPOSITION ADVERBgradually, slowly漸漸/慢慢攀升steadily穩步攀升steeply急劇上升up向上傾斜VERB + CLIMBbegin to開始向上傾斜The path began to climb quite steeply.小路開始變陡。PREPOSITIONfrom從⋯傾斜上升The road gradually climbs up from the town.路從小鎮開始坡度逐漸上升。to上升到The plane took off and climbed to 20 000 feet.飛機起飛後爬升到 2 萬英尺。up上升The path climbs steeply up the mountainside.小路陡直爬上山腰。


3increase增加ADVERB | PREPOSITION ADVERBquickly, rapidly, sharply, steeply迅速上升;大幅上升;急劇上升Prices have climbed sharply in recent months.最近幾個月價格急劇上漲。steadily穩步上升slowly緩慢上升The vaccination rate began to climb slowly.疫苗接種率開始緩慢上升。PREPOSITIONabove超過The temperature had climbed above 90 degrees.溫度已經上升至 90 多度了。from, to從⋯上升;上升到Unemployment has climbed from two million to three million.失業人數已經從 200 萬上升到了 300 萬。
BNC: 1646 COCA: 1566
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0_0: Translations of climb
  • # v.
    扒: climb, cling, dig up, hold on, pull out, push
    扳: climb, draw up, pull
    登攀: clamber, climb, scale
    隮: befall, climb, come down, raise high, rise, uplift
    爬: climb, crawl, creep, grabble, scrabble, shin
    爬山: climb
    爬上: clamber, climb, mount
    攀: ascend, clamber, climb, entail, implicate, involve
    攀登: clamber, climb, scale
    攀附: climb, seek connections
    攀緣: clamber, climb, climb up the social ladder
    上: apply, board, climb, fill, go up, leave for
    越: climb, exceed, surpass
  • # n.
    爬: climb, creep, scramble
    攀登: clamber, climb, climbing

0_0: Definitions of climb
  • # verb.
    - go or come up (a slope, incline, or staircase), especially by using the feet and sometimes the hands; ascend.
    * we began to climb the hill
    - move with effort, especially into or out of a confined space; clamber.
    * Howard started to climb out of the front seat
  • # noun.
    - an ascent, especially of a mountain or hill, by climbing.
    * the rigorous climb up the mountain

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