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 The purpose of the flight clinic, Lloyd said, is to teach pilots the art of formation flying and to administer tests to those ready to ascend to the next level, each level designated by its own color. Dale Ellis, Arkansas Online, "Pilots flock to Grider Field to sharpen formation flying," 10 Oct. 2020 Their team has taught some 700 women — including an ornithologist, a primatologist, a Cirque du Soleil trapeze artist, and a lichenologist — how to use ropes to ascend into canopy and move away from the security of the trunk. Marguerite Holloway, New York Times, "New England’s Forests Are Sick. They Need More Tree Doctors.," 7 Oct. 2020 The Cougars continue to roll toward an unbeaten season and the addition of Boise State and San Diego State should make their schedule strong enough to ascend into the top 12 of the committee's final ranking. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "Bowl projections: Florida remains ahead of Georgia in the College Football Playoff race," 6 Oct. 2020 Still, for the passing game to truly ascend in 2020, Miller has to be an every-week playmaker, a reliable No. 2 receiver behind Robinson. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Bears QB rewind: Was Mitch Trubisky’s strong first half more telling than his second-half struggles in Week 2?," 22 Sep. 2020 Similarly, American artist Morgan Wallen, who continues to ascend in the country genre, places five singles on the Global 200 while being completely absent from the Global Excl. Eric Frankenberg, Billboard, "These Artists Appear the Most on the New Billboard Global Charts," 24 Sep. 2020 There’s a replica kitchen where Ginsburg’s husband, Marty, cooked and the official portraits of Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to ascend to the nation’s highest court, from the National Portrait Gallery. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Notorious RBG exhibit lauding former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to land at Maltz Museum," 22 Sep. 2020 The incident made naval history because this was the only sub to have survivors ascend during an emergency without surface assistance by using the Momsen lung, a crude breathing device stored on the sub for use in such emergencies. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Meet the last survivor of a legendary World War II sub," 31 Aug. 2020 Dukes said Chisholm and others hoped her historic run would lay the foundation for future generations of Black women to ascend into powerful political roles to usher in systemic change within their communities. Kat Stafford, chicagotribune.com, "How Black women cleared a path for Harris to be the VP pick," 19 Aug. 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

19 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ascend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ascend. Accessed 21 Oct. 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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