ascending

[ uh-sen-ding ]
/ əˈsɛn dɪŋ /

adjective

moving upward; rising.
Botany. growing or directed upward, especially obliquely or in a curve from the base.

Origin of ascending

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at ascend, -ing2
Related formsas·cend·ing·ly, adverbsub·as·cend·ing, adjective

Definition for ascending (2 of 2)

ascend

[ uh-send ]
/ əˈsɛnd /

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
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British Dictionary definitions for ascending (1 of 2)

ascending

/ (əˈsɛndɪŋ) /

adjective

moving upwards; rising
botany sloping or curving upwardsthe ascending stem of a vine

British Dictionary definitions for ascending (2 of 2)

ascend

/ (əˈsɛnd) /

verb

Word Origin for ascend

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

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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