- moving upward; rising.
- Botany. growing or directed upward, especially obliquely or in a curve from the base.
Origin of ascending
- 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 ascending
They were holding too many meetings, he realized, descending into politics instead of ascending to reckon with Flagg.McConaughey’s ‘Stand’—And Ours
December 5, 2014
The officer says the guards kept constant watch for clues among the prisoners for coalescing groups and ascending leaders.ISIS Leader: ‘See You in New York’
June 14, 2014
They are, in ascending order of controversy, Penny Pritzker for Commerce, Gina McCarthy for the EPA, and Tom Perez for Labor.Obama: Finally Ready to Fight?
May 30, 2013
In true, adorably awkward JLaw fashion, she tripped on her own dress while ascending the steps to accept the award.The Juvenile Oscars
February 25, 2013
We in the states like to think how China is ascending, but assume that ascent is still years off.China's Economic Takeover: The World's Next Superpower by 2016
April 30, 2011
I soon began to climb the rigging of the brig, ascending to the mast-heads.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Take care how you go'—for they were now ascending the stairs.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
"She was sort of snippy about it," Alice returned, ascending the stairs.Alice Adams
They were circling the white mountain, ascending its lower slope.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
We perceived no light in descending or in ascending the staircase.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
- moving upwards; rising
- botany sloping or curving upwardsthe ascending stem of a vine
- 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 ascending
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.