• To ascend; rise; to go up.
  • To mount; to move upwards on.
  • To scale; to get to the top of something.
  • To move (especially up and down something) by gripping with the hands and using the feet.
  • to practise the sport of climbing
  • to jump high
  • To move to a higher position on the social ladder.
  • Of plants, to grow upwards by clinging to something.


  • An act of climbing.
  • The act of getting to somewhere more elevated.
  • An upwards struggle


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  • From Middle English climben, from Old English climban ("to climb"), from Proto-West Germanic *klimban, from Proto-Germanic *klimbaną, believed to be a nasalised variant of Proto-Germanic *klibaną, *klibāną, from Proto-Indo-European *gley- ("to stick"). Cognate with West Frisian klimme ("to climb"), Dutch klimmen ("to climb"), German klimmen ("to climb"), Old Norse klembra ("to squeeze"), Icelandic klifra ("to climb"). Related to clamber. See also clay, glue.

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