Origin: before 1000; Middle English climben, Old English climban; Related forms
cognate with Dutch, German klimmen;
akin to clamber
re·climb, verb (used with object), re·climbed, re·climb·ing.
Can be confused: climb, clime
(see synonym study at the current entry).
8. Climb, ascend, mount, scale imply a moving upward. To climb is to make one's way upward, often with effort: to climb a mountain. Ascend in its literal meaning (“to go up”), is general, but it now usually suggests a gradual or stately movement, with or without effort, often to a considerable degree of altitude: to ascend the heights; to ascend the Himalayas. Mount may be interchangeable with ascend but also suggests climbing on top of or astride of: to mount a platform, a horse. Scale a more literary word, implies difficult or hazardous climbing up or over something: to scale a summit.
1, 8. descend. 10. descent.