- to move, climb, or go upward; mount; rise: The airplane ascended into the clouds.
- to slant upward.
- to rise to a higher point, rank, or degree; proceed from an inferior to a superior degree or level: to ascend to the presidency.
- to go toward the source or beginning; go back in time.
- Music. to rise in pitch; pass from any tone to a higher one.
- to go or move upward upon or along; climb; mount: to ascend a lookout tower; to ascend stairs.
- to gain or succeed to; acquire: to ascend the throne.
Origin of ascend
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1. soar. 6. See climb.
1, 6. descend.
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Examples from the Web for ascend
Under Henry II, Marshal continued to ascend, as the king rewarded his service with land, a wife, and a title.England’s Greatest Knight Puts ‘Game of Thrones’ to Shame
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The opposite phenomenon also occurs: neglected writers who ascend to prominence only posthumously.The Birth of the Novel
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Then there are those who have strong vocals, but have yet to ascend to massive career success or freakish mainstream popularity.Mariah Carey Is the Last of the Traditional Divas
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The transformation begins even before you step foot in the town-palace and ascend its grand stairway.The Royal Academy Wants You to Finish This Artwork
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His opponents are up against the bizarre logic that pushed the crack-smoking Toronto mayor to ascend and survive.How Rob Ford Could Win Reelection
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Then I heard a voice, saying, 'Lo, the soul seeketh to ascend!'Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
At length, when we were nearly under the peak, he began to ascend.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
I, humble representative of the uncommercial interest, ascend with the rest.The Uncommercial Traveller
We came the same evening to the foot of it, but the day was too far advanced to ascend it.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
- to go or move up (a ladder, hill, slope, etc); mount; climb
- (intr) to slope or incline upwards
- (intr) to rise to a higher point, level, degree, etc
- to follow (a river) upstream towards its source
- to trace (a genealogy, etc) back in time
- to sing or play (a scale, arpeggio, etc) from the lower to higher notes
- ascend the throne to become king or queen
C14: from Latin ascendere, from scandere
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Word Origin and History for ascend
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