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 Since June, House lawmakers led by Democratic Rep. David Cicilline (R.I.) have trained their sights on the four tech giants, exploring their ascendance as the world’s most popular and profitable online services. Washington Post, "PopSockets, Tile and other companies will ask Congress to help stop big tech bullying," 16 Jan. 2020 The growth reflected the state’s robust economy in the years after the Great Recession – and perhaps Portland’s ascendance as a tourist destination. oregonlive, "Oregon Insight: PDX air travel slows after years of rapid growth, coronavirus darkens outlook," 5 Mar. 2020 It has been colored by America’s global political and cultural dominance over the last century, by the rise of the Internet, by the new ascendance of the East, and the growing economic clout and productivity of China and India. Laura Barton, The New York Review of Books, "Way Out West," 22 Feb. 2020 So why does its ascendance feel like a hostile takeover? Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Oscars 2020 Spotlight: Best Picture," 7 Feb. 2020 Much of the recent enthusiasm around legumes has coincided with the ascendance of the health and wellness sector in the US. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "Long cast as mushy sidekicks, beans finally get the spotlight," 9 Mar. 2020 The ascendance to stardom for Luka Doncic brings with it many expectations and pressures as the Mavs quickly climb out of a three year rebuild. Brice Paterik, Dallas News, "Ex-NBA player says if Giannis Antetokounmpo leaves Milwaukee he should form a Big 3 with Mavs’ Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis," 9 Jan. 2020 In 1970, Jack O’Connor, who was a major force behind the .270’s ascendance, said that by his estimation, more custom sporting rifles had been chambered in that cartridge than in any other in the postwar years. John B. Snow, Field & Stream, "How the Brand-New 27 Nosler Revives the .277," 21 Feb. 2020 As if the ascendance of Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster as the new Thor and the return of Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie weren’t enough reason to be excited for Thor: Love and Thunder, now there’s word a new actor may join the fray: Christian Bale. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "Christian Bale Might Be Joining Thor: Love and Thunder," 9 Jan. 2020

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1715, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jun 2020

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“Ascendance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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

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