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ascend (to) the throne

Definition of ascend (to) the throne

  1. :  to become a king or queen <He ascended the throne after the death of his father.> <In Shakespeare's play, Macbeth kills the king and ascends to the throne.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to move upward

    :  to slope upward

    :  to rise from a lower level or degree

  1. :  the chair of state of a sovereign or high dignitary (as a bishop)

    :  the seat of a deity

    :  royal power and dignity :  sovereignty

  1. :  to seat on a throne

    :  to invest with kingly rank or power

    :  to sit on a throne

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a dwelling place or home

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