ascend

[uh-send]

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

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

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
Related formsas·cend·a·ble, as·cend·i·ble, adjectivere·as·cend, verbun·as·cend·a·ble, adjectiveun·as·cend·ed, adjective

Synonyms for ascend

1. soar. 6. See climb.

Antonyms for ascend

1, 6. descend.
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Related Words for ascended

escalate, climb, soar, fly, rise, sprout, mount, float, scale, arise, tower

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British Dictionary definitions for ascended

ascend

verb

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

Word Origin for ascend

C14: from Latin ascendere, from scandere
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Word Origin and History for ascended

ascend

v.

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.

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