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.
- as·cend·a·ble, as·cend·i·ble, adjective
- re·as·cend, verb
- un·as·cend·a·ble, adjective
- un·as·cend·ed, adjective
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How to use ascend in a sentence
After a couple of hours of gradual ascending, the guides stop us for lunch next to a massive plate of buckling slick rock.On mountain bikes in the Utah desert, a college reunion like no other | John Briley | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Every year, several free divers die from shallow water blackout, a condition that occurs when someone ascends from a deep dive but doesn’t quite make it to the surface, resulting in a lack of oxygen to the brain.
He had been a Gold Glove finalist who finished sixth in Rookie of the Year voting, a sign that he may ascend up the order and meet the hype of his arrival.A bulked-up Victor Robles had a down year. He’ll look to fine-tune his game in winter ball. | Jesse Dougherty | November 12, 2020 | Washington Post
Fast-forward to 1980, when Ronald Reagan became America’s first divorced person to ascend to the presidency.Cal Cunningham lost. Katie Hill resigned. Are we still put off by sex scandals? | Lisa Bonos | November 12, 2020 | Washington Post
The path appeared to ascend into infinity, like the Penrose stairs.
Historically, education was one way the middle and working classes, and even the poor, ascended the class ladder.
Weaving through glacial debris, he ascended a thousand feet into the snowline, followed by two Hunzas.
But as the Ugg ascended to mainstream popularity, they were simultaneously shunned by fashion types.
Now that fear of the mob has ascended to the most venerable circle of criticism.‘Citizen Kane’ v. ‘Vertigo’: Why ‘Kane’ Fell in the Sight and Sound Poll | Richard Rushfield | August 1, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Prince Nayif ascended to become Crown Prince last October when his brother Prince Sultan passed away.
The Comet started on her first trip up the Arkansas, being the first steam boat that ascended that river.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
Through what ages has that declaration, not to be denied, ascended to cold and cruel skies?Solomon and Solomonic Literature | Moncure Daniel Conway
The sun had risen, when the equipage that contained Louis de Montemar, ascended the mountainous heights of the Guadarama.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
The circle of men gradually closed in and ascended the hill pretty near to each other.Hunting the Lions | R.M. Ballantyne
When he ascended the throne, his friend presented him a turnip of extraordinary size.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
British Dictionary definitions for ascend
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
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