ascend

verb
as·​cend | \ ə-ˈsend How to pronounce ascend (audio) \
ascended; ascending; ascends

Definition of ascend

intransitive verb

1a : to move upward the balloon ascended
b : to slope upward The path ascends through the woods.
c : to conduct nerve impulses toward or to the brain an ascending somatosensory pathway
2a : to rise from a lower level or degree ascend to power
b : to go back in time or in order of genealogical succession
c : to pass from lower to higher musical notes C – E ascending

transitive verb

1 : to go or move up ascend a staircase
2 : to succeed to : occupy ascend the throne

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Other Words from ascend

ascendable or ascendible \ ə-​ˈsen-​də-​bəl How to pronounce ascendible (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for ascend

ascend, mount, and climb mean to move upward or toward the top. ascend is used for a gradual upward movement. We slowly ascended the staircase. mount is used for reaching the very top of something. Soldiers mounted the hill and placed a flag there. climb is used when effort and often the hands and feet are needed to move up something. Explorers climbed the rugged mountain.

Examples of ascend in a Sentence

They watched their balloons slowly ascend into the sky. Divers must not ascend too rapidly to the water's surface. She believed that when she died, her soul would ascend to heaven. Several paths ascend to the top of the mountain. stairs ascending to the attic John Adams ascended to the presidency in 1797. She worked as a clerk before ascending to her current position.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Collins' legacy manifests in four floors that ascend through the African American experience, starting in the basement of the old building — which was most recently home to a tech company. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville will soon have a 'healing place' for black history at new museum on Main Street," 29 Aug. 2019 Only the most serious climbers would consider ascending its east face, a sheer 3,000-foot wall of sedimentary rock marbled with an intricate network of snow and ice. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "The Tragedy on Howse Peak," 28 Aug. 2019 The film highlights the deep emotional connection between Gaga's Ally and Cooper's Jackson Maine and their beautifully bittersweet journey as one artist's dreams ascend and the other's decline within the music industry. Monica Morales, Billboard, "Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper's 'Shallow' Wraps Hot 100 Run as Longest-Charting Best Original Song Winner," 22 Aug. 2019 Illustrations about women at work typically highlight White women, and suggest that women of color aren’t ascending in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Chasity S. Cooper, Essence, "For Black Women Navigating Corporate Careers, This Book Is A Must-Read," 20 Aug. 2019 Bonnen, who previously led Ways and Means, handed the role to Burrows after ascending to become speaker. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Rep. Dustin Burrows, embarrassed in ‘target list’ incident, resigns as Texas House GOP caucus chief," 16 Aug. 2019 Murray and the team's other quarterbacks have prepared each time by throwing pass after pass into a series of ascending net targets upon the completion of doing a series of frenetic footwork drills. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Kyler Murray developed his accuracy with one of Texas' best quarterback gurus, his dad," 13 Aug. 2019 As the outstretched sample-collecting limb makes contact, a flurry of dust and rocks explodes from the surface while the spacecraft quickly ascends back into space. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Watch a Japanese spacecraft grab another sample from an asteroid," 27 July 2019 This may be Lee’s make or break year — either ascend to a starter’s status or else. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Raiders camp preview: Scouting the defensive depth chart," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of ascend

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for ascend

Middle English, from Latin ascendere, from ad- + scandere to climb — more at scan

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ascend

verb

English Language Learners Definition of ascend

formal : to go up : to rise or move toward the sky
: to slope or lead upward
: to rise to a higher or more powerful position in a government, company, etc.

ascend

verb
as·​cend | \ ə-ˈsend How to pronounce ascend (audio) \
ascended; ascending

Kids Definition of ascend

1 : to go or move up We ascended the hill.
2 : to rise to a higher or more powerful position Abraham Lincoln ascended to the presidency in 1861.
as·​cend | \ ə-ˈsend How to pronounce ascend (audio) \

Medical Definition of ascend

: to move upward: as
a : to conduct nerve impulses toward or to the brain nerve fibers that ascend to a nucleus of the brain ascending and descending tracts
b : to affect the extremities and especially the lower limbs first and then the central nervous system ascending paralysis

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