as·​cen·​dance | \ ə-ˈsen-dən(t)s How to pronounce ascendance (audio) \
variants: or less commonly ascendence

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studied the ascendance of modernism in 20th-century art and design
Recent Examples on the Web The variant has taken off in India, but its ascendance coincided with a rollback in mitigation efforts and the snowballing prevalence of outbreak-driving B.1.1.7. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "Vaccines seem to work well against coronavirus variants. It’s also complicated," 14 May 2021 Kamala Harris will be the first vice president to have a wax figure made of her at Madame Tussauds museum in New York City because of her historic ascendance to the role, the museum announced Thursday, according to reports. Fox News, "Kamala Harris will be first VP to get wax figure at Madame Tussauds," 30 Apr. 2021 With the meteoric ascendance of the knowledge economy, colleges and universities have become financial titans in urban centers. Davarian L. Baldwin, Time, "Higher Education Has a Tax Problem and It's Hurting Local Communities," 7 Apr. 2021 For other Black Britons, Meghan’s ascendance had been a source of unease. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "‘There Is, in Britain, a Very Big Silence Around Race’," 11 Mar. 2021 Home confinement had already undercut the will to style and accelerated the ascendance of athleisure. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "How Restaurants Survive the Long Pandemic Winter," 22 Feb. 2021 New York City’s ascendance as a global technology hub over the past decade and healthy pace of expansion in an arduous year give promise to the city’s return after the pandemic. Shimon Shkury, Forbes, "Amazon And Tech Are Leading NYC’s Office Recovery," 1 Mar. 2021 After breaking a 15-game losing streak to Wisconsin last season, Illinois showed its ascendance in college basketball by now owning three straight victories against the Badgers. Shannon Ryan,, "Column: No. 5 Illinois wins again without injured star Ayo Dosunmu. It’s a lesson that can pay off in March.," 28 Feb. 2021 In other words, the ascendance of conservative Catholicism in American politics did not happen by accident. Peter Hammond Schwartz, The New Republic, "Originalism Is Dead. Long Live Catholic Natural Law.," 3 Feb. 2021

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1715, in the meaning defined above

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18 May 2021

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“Ascendance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ascendance

chiefly US
: the act of rising or moving up : the act of ascending

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