• synonyms


See more synonyms for ascending on Thesaurus.com
  1. moving upward; rising.
  2. Botany. growing or directed upward, especially obliquely or in a curve from the base.
Show More

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


verb (used without object)
  1. to move, climb, or go upward; mount; rise: The airplane ascended into the clouds.
  2. to slant upward.
  3. to rise to a higher point, rank, or degree; proceed from an inferior to a superior degree or level: to ascend to the presidency.
  4. to go toward the source or beginning; go back in time.
  5. Music. to rise in pitch; pass from any tone to a higher one.
Show More
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.
Show More

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


See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
1. soar. 6. See climb.


1, 6. descend.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words


Examples from the Web for ascending

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

British Dictionary definitions for ascending


  1. moving upwards; rising
  2. botany sloping or curving upwardsthe ascending stem of a vine
Show More


  1. to go or move up (a ladder, hill, slope, etc); mount; climb
  2. (intr) to slope or incline upwards
  3. (intr) to rise to a higher point, level, degree, etc
  4. to follow (a river) upstream towards its source
  5. to trace (a genealogy, etc) back in time
  6. to sing or play (a scale, arpeggio, etc) from the lower to higher notes
  7. ascend the throne to become king or queen
Show More

Word Origin

C14: from Latin ascendere, from scandere
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper