climb ( climbs plural & 3rd person present) ( climbing present participle) ( climbed past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you climb something such as a tree, mountain, or ladder, or climbup it, you move towards the top of it. If you climbdown it, you move towards the bottom of it.
He picked up his suitcase and climbed the stairs... V n
I told her about him climbing up the drainpipe... V up n
Kelly climbed down the ladder into the water... V down n
Children love to climb. V, Also V up/down
Climb is also a noun., n-count oft N prep
...an hour's leisurely climb through olive groves and vineyards.
2 verb If you climb somewhere, you move there carefully, for example because you are moving into a small space or trying to avoid falling.
The girls hurried outside, climbed into the car, and drove off... V prep/adv
He must have climbed out of his cot... V prep/adv
3 verb When something such as an aeroplane climbs, it moves upwards to a higher position. When the sun climbs, it moves higher in the sky.
The plane took off for LA, lost an engine as it climbed, and crashed just off the runway. V, Also V prep
4 verb When something climbs, it increases in value or amount.
The nation's unemployment rate has been climbing steadily since last June... V
Prices have climbed by 21% since the beginning of the year... V by amount
The FA Cup Final's audience climbed to 12.3 million... V to/from amount
Jaguar shares climbed 43 pence to 510 pence. V amount
a mountain to climb →
mountain climb down phrasal verb If you climb down in an argument or dispute, you admit that you are wrong, or change your intentions or demands.
(=back down) If Lafontaine is forced to climb down, he may wish to reconsider his position... V P He has climbed down on pledges to reduce capital gains tax. V P on/over n
climb-down ( climb-downs plural ) , climbdown A climb-down in an argument or dispute is the act of admitting that you are wrong or of changing your intentions or demands. n-count
In an embarrassing climb-down, the Home Secretary lifted the deportation threat.