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verb (used without object)
  1. to move, climb, or go upward; mount; rise: The airplane ascended into the clouds.

  2. to slant upward.

  1. to rise to a higher point, rank, or degree; proceed from an inferior to a superior degree or level: to ascend to the presidency.

  2. to go toward the source or beginning; go back in time.

  3. Music. to rise in pitch; pass from any tone to a higher one.

verb (used with object)
  1. to go or move upward upon or along; climb; mount: to ascend a lookout tower; to ascend stairs.

  2. to gain or succeed to; acquire: to ascend the throne.

Origin of ascend

1350–1400; Middle English ascenden<Anglo-French ascendre<Latin ascendere to climb up, equivalent to a-a-5 + -scendere, combining form of scandere to climb. See scan

synonym study For ascend

6. See climb.

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Other words from ascend

  • as·cend·a·ble, as·cend·i·ble, adjective
  • re·as·cend, verb
  • un·as·cend·a·ble, adjective
  • un·as·cend·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ascend in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for ascend


/ (əˈsɛnd) /

  1. to go or move up (a ladder, hill, slope, etc); mount; climb

  2. (intr) to slope or incline upwards

  1. (intr) to rise to a higher point, level, degree, etc

  2. to follow (a river) upstream towards its source

  3. to trace (a genealogy, etc) back in time

  4. to sing or play (a scale, arpeggio, etc) from the lower to higher notes

  5. ascend the throne to become king or queen

Origin of ascend

C14: from Latin ascendere, from scandere

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