moving upward; rising.
Botany. growing or directed upward, especially obliquely or in a curve from the base.
- as·cend·ing·ly, adverb
- sub·as·cend·ing, adjective
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How to use ascending in a sentence
They were holding too many meetings, he realized, descending into politics instead of ascending to reckon with Flagg.
The officer says the guards kept constant watch for clues among the prisoners for coalescing groups and ascending leaders.
The new pope is undoubtedly forward-thinking—except for when it comes to women ascending in the church hierarchy.
“The beauty of the sky is the most poignant we have seen,” he wrote in his logbook upon ascending 10 miles above the earth.
They are, in ascending order of controversy, Penny Pritzker for Commerce, Gina McCarthy for the EPA, and Tom Perez for Labor.
The rays of the ascending sun were bright upon it: and the superb palace of the Spanish kings shone in its fullest splendour.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
As the girl spoke, footsteps were heard ascending the creaky wooden stair.The Garret and the Garden | R.M. Ballantyne
For some time previously he had been devoting himself more especially to ascending to as great a height as possible.Uncanny Tales | Various
On the way down-stairs Laidlaw and his little companion passed a tall gentleman and two ladies who were ascending.The Garret and the Garden | R.M. Ballantyne
I prefer the principle of the ascending and descending scale, to such an amount of fixed duty.
British Dictionary definitions for ascending
moving upwards; rising
botany sloping or curving upwards: the ascending stem of a vine
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