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

Other Words from ascend

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

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 These were the core group of in-person followers who both assisted and protected Amy in her quest to help the world ascend. Christopher Moyer, Rolling Stone, 26 Nov. 2021 Now, scientists discovered a slight tweak to a single protein could determine whether some ants become workers or ascend to royalty, according to a new study published last week in Cell. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Nov. 2021 That also means that, when Prince Charles does ascend the throne, Prince William will inherit the Duchy. Marie Claire, 6 Nov. 2021 Currently, women can't ascend to the throne, so royal women marry commoners due to a lack of viable imperial suitors. Anthony Trotter, ABC News, 24 Oct. 2021 Moore went on to chair a neighborhood planning unit, work for a powerful member of the Atlanta City Council, get elected herself to the council and ascend to the council presidency in 2017. Ernie Suggs, ajc, 21 Oct. 2021 Newsmax has long wanted to ascend the viewership ladder. Arkansas Online, 5 Nov. 2021 Barnhart braced for the possibility at the end of the season knowing Tyler Stephenson was ready to ascend to an everyday starting role. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 3 Nov. 2021 Development opportunities are hitting the market to alleviate the short supply, giving investors and buyers alike the chance to ascend this climbing real estate boom. Spencer Elliott, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021

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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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7 Dec 2021

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More Definitions for ascend

ascend

verb

English Language Learners Definition of ascend

: 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.

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.

ascend

intransitive verb
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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