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

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CarPro Approved However, the ascendance of autonomous vehicles introduces a new consideration. Lyndon Conrad Bell, Houston Chronicle, "Puncture-proof tires: Get no more flats," 9 Aug. 2019 Much like another son of Bexar County, former Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, Hurd was a traditional Republican grappling with the changing order created by the tea party movement (a movement that led to Trump’s ascendance). Gilbert Garcia,, "Hurd walked a thin line in his congressional swing district," 3 Aug. 2019 The total released Monday is the latest sign of the Massachusetts senator’s ascendance in a crowded Democratic primary field after her campaign’s anemic start this year. Jess Bidgood,, "Warren raises $19.1 million in second quarter as her campaign picks up momentum," 8 July 2019 Pacquiao came to realize, Fortune argues, that all the spoils garnered during his ascendance—the movies and albums, the fame and fortune and political appointments, even the vices—were only possible because of boxing. Greg Bishop,, "The Many Stages of Manny: How Pacquiao Keeps Reinventing Himself," 16 July 2019 And curiously, the Taliban, although militarily in the ascendance, also wants one. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "Peace might be breaking out in America's longest ever war," 9 July 2019 Therefore, the emergence of data showing that this is changing—and among Labour voters in particular—serves as a litmus test on the ascendance of regional dissatisfaction towards Westminster. Gareth Evans, Quartz, "The UK’s next prime minister must urgently answer five constitutional questions," 28 June 2019 Since its ascendance roughly a decade ago, the neural-network technology behind artificial intelligence has transformed everything from email to drug discovery with its increasingly powerful ability to learn from and identify patterns in data. Quanta Magazine, "A New Approach to Understanding How Machines Think," 10 Jan. 2019 There’s a trickle of vinegar and lemon in lieu of calamansi, but salt is in ascendance. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "A Filipino Specialty Best Paired With a Brew in the East Village," 5 July 2018

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1715, in the meaning defined above

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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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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