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climb (v.)

Old English climban "raise oneself using hands and feet; rise gradually, ascend; make an ascent of" (past tense clamb, past participle clumben, clumbe), from West Germanic *klimban "go up by clinging" (source also of Dutch klimmen, Old High German klimban, German klimmen "to climb").

A strong verb in Old English, weak by 16c. Other Germanic languages long ago dropped the -b. Meaning "to mount as if by climbing" is from mid-14c. Figurative sense of "rise slowly by effort or as if by climbing" is from mid-13c. Related: Climbed; climbing.

climb (n.)

1580s, "act of climbing," from climb (v.). Meaning "an ascent by climbing" is from 1915, originally in aviation.

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Definitions of climb from WordNet
1
climb (v.)
go upward with gradual or continuous progress;
Did you ever climb up the hill behind your house?
Synonyms: climb up / mount / go up
climb (v.)
move with difficulty, by grasping;
climb (v.)
go up or advance;
Sales were climbing after prices were lowered
Synonyms: wax / mount / rise
climb (v.)
slope upward;
The path climbed all the way to the top of the hill
climb (v.)
improve one's social status;
This young man knows how to climb the social ladder
climb (v.)
increase in value or to a higher point;
prices climbed steeply
Synonyms: rise / go up
2
climb (n.)
an upward slope or grade (as in a road);
Synonyms: ascent / acclivity / rise / raise / upgrade
climb (n.)
an event that involves rising to a higher point (as in altitude or temperature or intensity etc.);
Synonyms: climbing / mounting
climb (n.)
the act of climbing something;
it was a difficult climb to the top
Synonyms: mount
From wordnet.princeton.edu