ascendant

noun
as·​cen·​dant | \ ə-ˈsen-dənt How to pronounce ascendant (audio) \
variants: or less commonly ascendent

Definition of ascendant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the point of the ecliptic or degree of the zodiac that rises above the eastern horizon at any moment
2 : a state or position of dominant power or importance
3 : a lineal or collateral relative in the ascending line

ascendant

adjective
variants: or less commonly ascendent

Definition of ascendant (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : moving upward : rising
b : directed upward an ascendant stem

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ascendantly adverb

Examples of ascendant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The fast-ascendant baritone Jarrett Ott, as Seward, mastered a demanding tessitura and vividly conveyed the character’s arrogance and agony. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 The unique placement of the planets in the houses is determined by your rising sign, also known as your ascendant. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, 4 July 2021 Harris's North Node of Destiny in Sagittarius falls on his ascendant in Sagittarius, which means that their pairing is fated in the stars. Lisa Stardust, refinery29.com, 13 Aug. 2020 The ruler of the ascendant is Jupiter, which is located in the first house. Lisa Stardust, refinery29.com, 13 Aug. 2020 Another good sign: On Election Day, the Moon will be in Gemini, on Harris's ascendant, and on the transiting North Node of Destiny. Lisa Stardust, refinery29.com, 13 Aug. 2020 There has been a fundamental shift in the way electricity is generated in the United States, with cleaner energy sources such as natural gas, wind and solar power ascendant. New York Times, 2 June 2018 With e-commerce ascendant, nearly everyone else in the retailing, from venerable department stores to once-trendy clothiers like J. Crew, has been struggling to grow or even survive. Chad Bray And Michael J. De La Merced, New York Times, 6 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Mike Zimmer’s once-shiny star is no longer ascendant. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 13 Sep. 2021 The Depression was biting hard, and in Europe, fascism was ascendant. Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2021 Centrists have been ascendant in the early months of the Joe Biden era, while the party’s left flank has faced a series of defeats — in New York City’s mayoral race, a Virginia gubernatorial primary and a Louisiana House race. Julie Carr Smyth, chicagotribune.com, 4 Aug. 2021 Centrists have been ascendant in the early months of the Joe Biden era, while the party’s left flank has faced a series of defeats — in New York City’s mayoral race, a Virginia gubernatorial primary and a Louisiana House race. Julie Carr Smyth, USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2021 Heedless of its narrow majorities, the Democratic Party feels ascendant and is advocating serious changes to our constitutional framework (if not in some respects its outright abolition). William J. Watkins Jr, National Review, 20 Feb. 2021 Democrats, prodded by the vast popularity of these measures and the party’s ascendant left flank pushing for a new approach to poverty, have gone even further on their own. Bryce Covert, The New Republic, 20 Aug. 2021 In that alternate media universe, Robert Malone’s star is ascendant. Tom Bartlett, The Atlantic, 12 Aug. 2021 Centrists have been ascendant in the early months of the Joe Biden era, while the party’s left flank has faced a series of defeats — in New York City’s mayoral race, a Virginia gubernatorial primary and a Louisiana House race. Julie Carr Smyth, chicagotribune.com, 4 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of ascendant

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ascendant

Noun

Middle English ascendent, from Medieval Latin ascendent-, ascendens, from Latin, present participle of ascendere

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

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“Ascendant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ascendant. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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ascendant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of ascendant

: becoming more popular or successful
: more powerful or important than any other

ascendant

noun
as·​cen·​dant | \ ə-ˈsen-dənt \

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