- 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.
Origin of ascend
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Examples from the Web for ascended
Historically, education was one way the middle and working classes, and even the poor, ascended the class ladder.Trustafarians Want to Tell You How to Live
October 31, 2014
Weaving through glacial debris, he ascended a thousand feet into the snowline, followed by two Hunzas.Death on Killer Mountain
July 6, 2013
But as the Ugg ascended to mainstream popularity, they were simultaneously shunned by fashion types.Have Ugg Boots Made a Tepid Return to Fashion?
Misty White Sidell
February 28, 2013
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
August 1, 2012
Prince Nayif ascended to become Crown Prince last October when his brother Prince Sultan passed away.Meet Prince Salman, the Next Saudi King
June 16, 2012
Ascended a red-topped peak close to our bivouac and got a view ahead.
Ascended the Frere Ranges and got a fine view to the north and east.
Fifty years before Queen Victoria had ascended the throne of England.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
This was a sad mistake; and it cost him dear enough after he had ascended his father's throne.Biographical Stories
The "wicked uncle" then ascended the throne, or its equivalent.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
- 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 and History for ascended
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.