[ uh-sen-ding ]
/ əˈsɛn dɪŋ /


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 forms

as·cend·ing·ly, adverbsub·as·cend·ing, adjective

Definition for ascending (2 of 2)


[ 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 forms

as·cend·a·ble, as·cend·i·ble, adjectivere·as·cend, verbun·as·cend·a·ble, adjectiveun·as·cend·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ascending (1 of 2)


/ (əˈsɛndɪŋ) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for ascending (2 of 2)


/ (əˈsɛnd) /


Word Origin for ascend

C14: from Latin ascendere, from scandere
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