verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of ascend
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|William O’Connor|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The opposite phenomenon also occurs: neglected writers who ascend to prominence only posthumously.
Then there are those who have strong vocals, but have yet to ascend to massive career success or freakish mainstream popularity.
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|Chloë Ashby|January 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His opponents are up against the bizarre logic that pushed the crack-smoking Toronto mayor to ascend and survive.
Four men, who were employed in cleansing a sewer, were so affected by the fœtid vapours, that they were unable to ascend.
Ascend the tribune; tell the departments the truth, which the enemies of the Commune conceal from them.History of the Commune of 1871|P. Lissagary
Meanwhile let the maidens of Pieria attend thee; and, with me for guide, ascend into the groves of high Parnassus.'Renaissance in Italy, Volume 2 (of 7)|John Addington Symonds
At last the multitude came quite near; the first ranks began to ascend the height.Let us follow Him|Henryk Sienkiewicz
It happened after Noah's flood, that giants would raise up a city, and a tower so high, that its roof should ascend to heaven.
British Dictionary definitions for ascend
Word Origin for ascend
Word Origin and History for ascend
late 14c., from Latin ascendere "to climb up, mount, ascend," figuratively "to rise, reach," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + scandere "to climb" (see scan (v.)). Also in 15c. used with a sense "to mount (a female) for copulation." Related: Ascended; ascending. An Old English word for it was stigan.