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

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 Crews in some office buildings and subways wipe escalator handrails with disinfected rags as commuters ascend. Apoorva Mandavilli, New York Times, "The Coronavirus Is Airborne Indoors. Why Are We Still Scrubbing Surfaces?," 18 Nov. 2020 These tiny insects, at some arcane cue from the environment, weave themselves a gossamer parachute and ascend in their millions, all on the same day. Colin Thubron, The New York Review of Books, "Cartographers of Stone and Air," 17 Nov. 2020 What has helped Herbert ascend into a leadership role on the team is his play on the field. oregonlive, "Justin Herbert grows into leadership role with the Los Angeles Chargers," 30 Oct. 2020 Climbers often ascend in groups and haul along heavy bags of food, gear and portable dangling tents to stage on the wall for days or even weeks. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "Yosemite climber becomes first woman to free climb harrowing, 3,000-foot route in under 24 hours," 6 Nov. 2020 Using their jetpacks, Mando and the Marshal ascend into the sky, blasting at the creature with their rifles. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "The Mandalorian is back—and it doesn't disappoint," 30 Oct. 2020 Carrying towering crosses and candles, ukukus from each nation ascend the Qullqipunku mountain toward a nearby glacier, regarded as alive and sentient. New York Times, "Witnessing Peru’s Enduring, if Altered, Snow Star Festival," 26 Oct. 2020 Judge Amy Coney Barrett will ascend to the Supreme Court following a party-line vote days before the presidential election. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "How will Justice Amy Coney Barrett change the US economy?," 26 Oct. 2020 There was clearly a psychological connection between his wartime service and his need to ascend Everest. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, "A Pilot’s Son Takes Flight," 17 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of ascend was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

24 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ascend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ascend. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for ascend

ascend

verb
How to pronounce ascend (audio)

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.

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.

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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