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 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 His political ascendance paralleled a fracture in the state’s Republican Party over the issue of Black citizenship — one side divesting from the fight for civil rights and the other increasingly uninterested in appealing to white segregationists. New York Times, "Raphael Warnock and the Solitude of the Black Senator," 20 Jan. 2021 Even more expressed their broad frustration with Mills’ apparent unimpeded ascendance despite the circumstances. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, "L’Affaire Caliphate," 5 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of ascendance

1715, in the meaning defined above

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12 Apr 2021

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“Ascendance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 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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