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"climb" in British English

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climbverb

uk   us   /klaɪm/
  • climb verb (RISE)

B2 [I] to go up, or to go towards the ​top of something: The ​plane climbed ​quickly to a ​height of 30,000 ​feet. As it ​leaves the ​village, the ​road climbs ​steeply up the ​mountain. The ​sun climbed ​higher in the ​sky.A2 [I or T] to use ​yourlegs, or ​yourlegs and ​hands, to go up or onto the ​top of something: to climb the ​stairs/​mountain I ​hate climbing ​ladders. We're going climbing (= climbing ​mountains as a ​sport) in ​Scotland next ​weekend. [I] If a ​price, ​number, or ​amount climbs, it ​increases: Our ​costs have climbed ​rapidly in the last few ​years. [I] to ​move into a ​highersocialposition, or to ​improveyourposition at ​work: He ​quickly climbed to the ​top of his ​profession.

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  • climb verb (MOVE)

B2 [I usually + adv/prep] to ​move into or out of a ​smallspaceawkwardly or with ​difficulty or ​effort: They climbed into the ​truck and ​drove away. We can't ​stop Tom climbing out of his ​cot.

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Phrasal verbs

climbnoun [C]

uk   us   /klaɪm/
an ​act or ​process of climbing: We were very ​tired after ​our climb. The climb down the ​mountain took ​longer than the climb up. I've made three climbs so ​far this ​year. Her climb topower has been very ​rapid. a ​place or ​object to be climbed: The ​northface of the Eiger is a very ​difficult climb.
(Definition of climb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"climb" in American English

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climbverb

 us   /klɑɪm/
  • climb verb (RISE)

[I/T] to go up, or go up something or to the ​top of something: [I] We climbed to the ​top of the ​hill, where we had a ​greatview. [T] She climbed the ​stairs to the third ​floor. [I] The ​plane is still climbing and will ​level off at 33,000 ​feet. [I] fig. As he climbed the ​corporateladder (= moved into ​better and ​betterpositions in ​business), his ​salaryincreaseddramatically. [I/T] To climb is also to ​increase: [I] The ​cost of ​goods is climbing.
  • climb verb (MOVE)

[I always + adv/prep] to move in a way that uses ​yourarms and ​legs and often ​involvescarefulcontrol over ​yourbody: He climbed down from the ​ladder to get some more ​paint.

climbnoun [C]

 us   /klɑɪm/
  • climb noun [C] (RISE)

an ​act of going up: It was a ​long, ​difficult climb to the ​top of the ​hill.
(Definition of climb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"climb" in Business English

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climbverb

uk   us   /klaɪm/
[I] if a ​price, ​number, or ​amount climbs, it ​increases: costs/prices/rates climb Our ​costs have climbed rapidly in the last few ​years. climb ​steadily/​steeply/slowly
[I or T] to ​improve your ​position at ​work or in ​society: He quickly climbed to the ​top of his ​profession.climb the housing/promotion/corporate ladder As ​executivesstruggle to climb the ​corporateladder, they often do not want to say anything that could ​harm their chances.

climbnoun [C, usually singular]

uk   us   /klaɪm/
an ​increase in a ​price, ​number, or ​amount: a climb in sth A ​sustained climb in ​interestrates could ​hit some ​parts of the ​housingmarketharder than others.
a ​period of ​improvement or ​progress: It's going to be a ​long, hard climb before we get out of this ​recession. Her climb to the ​top of the ​profession was remarkably quick.
(Definition of climb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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