US: /ˈɫædɝ/
UK: /lˈædɐ/

English Vietnamese dictionary

ladder /'lædə/
  • danh từ
    • thang ((nghĩa đen) & (nghĩa bóng))
      • folding ladder: thang gặp được
      • the ladder of fame: thang danh vọng
    • to kick down ladder
      • từ bỏ những người bạn đã giúp mình nên địa vị; từ bỏ nghề nghiệp đã giúp mình có địa vị

Advanced English dictionary

noun, verb
+ noun
1 a piece of equipment for climbing up and down a wall, the side of a building, etc., consisting of two lengths of wood or metal that are joined together by steps or RUNGS: to climb up / fall off a ladder
2 [usually sing.] a series of stages by which you can make progress in a career or an organization: to move up or down the social ladder + the career ladder
3 (BrE) (AmE run) a long thin hole in TIGHTS or STOCKINGS where some threads have broken
+ verb [V, VN] (BrE) if TIGHTS or STOCKINGS ladder or you ladder them, a long thin hole appears in them

Collocation dictionary

1 piece of equipment for climbing up sth


rickety | wooden | loft, rope


ascend, clamber up, climb (up), mount, go up
He went up the ladder onto the deck.
| come down, descend, go down | put up
We put up the ladder and went to get the paint.
| fall off, step off


on/up a/the ~
She was up a ladder mending the roof.
| down a/the ~
I was standing lower down the ladder.
| ~ to
the ladder to the gallery


the bottom/foot of a ladder, a rung/step of a ladder
Several of the ladder's rungs were broken.
| the top of a ladder

2 levels in a system


evolutionary, social
the people at the top of the social ladder
| career, corporate, housing, promotion


ascend, climb, move up
She was anxious to move up the promotion ladder.
| get onto


higher up the ~
creatures higher up the evolutionary ladder
| lower down the ~ | ~ of
the ladder of fame
| ~ to
helping her on the ladder to success


get/have one foot on the ladder
He finally managed to get one foot on the career ladder.
| a rung/step on the ladder
the old problem of how to get onto the first step on the ladder

Concise English dictionary

+steps consisting of two parallel members connected by rungs; for climbing up or down
+ascending stages by which somebody or something can progress
+a row of unravelled stitches
+come unraveled or undone as if by snagging