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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun climb:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb climb:


Climb is sometimes a misspelling of climbed.

The word climb is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun climb

What does climb mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: climbs

  1. an upward slope or grade (as in a road)
  2. an event that involves rising to a higher point (as in altitude or temperature or intensity etc.)
  3. the act of climbing something

Alternative definition of the noun climb


  1. An act of climbing.
  2. The act of getting to somewhere more elevated.
  3. An upwards struggle

Specialised definition of the noun climb

Glossary of sports / cycling

a section of a race or stage ending at the top of a long hill or mountain. In stage races such as the Tour de France the climbs are categorized by height and gradient

Definition of the verb climb

What does climb mean as a doing word?

Climb is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: climbed | climbing | climbs

  1. go upward with gradual or continuous progress
  2. move with difficulty, by grasping
  3. go up or advance
    • example: Sales were climbing after prices were lowered
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of climb: mount / rise / wax
    • more generic word: increase = become bigger or greater in amount
    • more specific words:
      • jump = increase suddenly and significantly
      • advance / gain = rise in rate or price
  4. slope upward
  5. improve one's social status
  6. increase in value or to a higher point
    • examples: prices climbed steeply | The stock market is going to climb
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Attribute - scalar] of [Patient] [Verb]The price of oil soared
      [Attribute - scalar] of [Patient] [Verb] [Extent]The price of oil increased ten percent
      [Attribute - scalar] of [Patient] [Verb] by [Extent]The price of oil increased by ten percent
      [Patient]'s [Attribute] [Verb]Oil's price soared
      [Patient]'s [Attribute] [Verb] [Extent]Oils's price increased ten percent
      [Patient]'s [Attribute] [Verb] by [Extent]Oils's price increased by ten percent
      [Patient] [Verb]Imports have declined
      [Patient] [Verb] by [Extent]Nonperforming assets at these banks declined by %15
      [Patient] [Verb] in [Attribute]Oil soared in price

      Verbs of Change of State (with the same syntax): advance, appreciate, balloon, decline, decrease, depreciate, diminish, dip, drop, dwindle, fall, fluctuate, gain, grow, increase, jump, lower, move, mushroom, plummet, plunge, rise, rocket, shift, skyrocket, soar, surge, swell, tumble, vary.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of climb: go up / rise
    • more generic word: grow = become larger, greater, or bigger
    • more specific words:
      • soar = go or move upward
      • bull = advance in price

Alternative definition of the verb climb


  1. [intransitive] To ascend; rise; to go up.
  2. [transitive] To mount; to move upwards on.
  3. [transitive] To scale; to get to the top of something.
  4. [transitive] To move (especially up and down something) by gripping with the hands and using the feet.
  5. [intransitive] to practise the sport of climbing
  6. [intransitive] to jump high
  7. To move to a higher position on the social ladder.
  8. [botany] Of plants, to grow upwards by clinging to something.

Specialised definition of the verb climb

Glossary of sports

to go up mountains or rocks on foot or using hands and feet as a sport (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


"Climb" is a 1974 short film.


  1. "Climb" is a musical album of Lisbeth Scott.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  2. "Climb" is a composition.


Climb is a musical group.

  • album: "Take a Chance"


Climb: In aviation, a climb is the operation of increasing the altitude of an aircraft. It is also the logical phase of a typical flight following takeoff and preceding the cruise. During the climb phase there is an increase in altitude to a predetermined level.

Phrases with Climb

Phrases starting with the word Climb:

  1. climb on
  2. climb up
  3. climb down
  4. climb-down
  5. Climb the Walls

Phrases ending with the word Climb:

  1. Anti-Climb
  2. Hill Climb
  3. rapid climb
  4. Rate of climb
  5. Have a Mountain to Climb

Other phrases containing the word Climb:

  1. Rate of Climb Indicator
  2. Rate-of-Climb Indicator

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Climb

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Google previewMechanical Behaviour and Testing of Materials (2011)

by Bhargava A. K., C. P. Sharma

Thus dislocation climb is a rate controlling factor. Thermally activated creep can ... Thus, formation of subgrain-structure is another factor in support of the fact that dislocation climb is the rate controlling factor. Metals in which vacancies move ...

Google previewMechanical Properties of Ceramics (2014)

by Joshua Pelleg

The driving force for dislocation climb is the temperature-dependent movement of vacancies. Vacancies in...

Google previewJamaica - Montego Bay, Port Antonio and Ocho Rios (2009)

by John Bigley

The climb is a bit much for very young children, but they'll all enjoy a dip in the pools at the bottom of the falls. Cranbrook Flower Forest This park in Ocho Rios is one of the island's best choices for families and adventure travelers. The grounds ...

Google previewTender Buttons (2012)

by Gertrude Stein

A country climb is the best disgrace, a couple of practices any of them in order is so left. A TIME TO EAT. A pleasant simple habitual and tyrannical and authorised and educated and resumed and articulate separation.

Google previewA Celebration of the Light (1988)

Zen in the Novels of Neil Gunn by John Burns

The climb is a symbol of every man's journey through life, a journey punctuated by moments of inactivity and rest in which new insights are fully assimilated. At the end of the book Tom dies while resting near the top of the hill, and the 87 ...

Google previewSome Were Burnt (2015)

by T. Dove Lourde

The climb is the test. So is the fall. As is the way we describe them. A chance for stoic verbs to best what beats in the herd, which, preparing for battle with daylight , forgot the general come to beat on the war drum. A hard fight yet to escape this, ...

Google previewStudent’s Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms (2014)

by Martin H Manser

CLIMB verb to move towards the top of something by using your feet or your hands and feet: The boys amused themselves by climbing trees.

Google previewDictionary of the Alabama Language (1993)

by Cora Sylestine, Heather K. Hardy, Timothy Montler

climb up with rotten sticks they've set on fire and put them in there and when they've done that, they (the bears) come out and when they fall out of the tree, they kill them. (NHN)> Pononkaliika ononkāakiicho Neg. -ononkaaliichi ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Etymology (1859)

by Hensleigh Wedgwood

Climb. These words are closely connected with clamp. To clamber is properly to clutch oneself up, to mount up by catching hold with the hands or claws. G. klammern, to fasten with cramp-irons, to hold fast with the hands or claws ; Dan. klamre ...

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Quotes about Climb

attempting to climb
to impossible heights
to touch elusive sky

this is inherent
blood birthright
for brave souls

to climb the highest
mountains is always
to risk sting death

but brave climb
must be attempted
eventually made

(Terence George Craddock)
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Scrabble value of C3L1I1M3B3

The value of this 5-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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