Definition of ascendant
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
Origin and Etymology of ascendant
Middle English ascendent, from Medieval Latin ascendent-, ascendens, from Latin, present participle of ascendere
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Recent Examples of ascendant from the Web
It was seen as a chance for American scientists to upstage their then-dominant European counterparts, representing an intellectual coup for a nation ascendant.
In front of a TV audience, Wang Jianlin, the real-estate maven who built his fortune in shopping malls, wagered Jack Ma, president of ascendant e-commerce giant Alibaba, that online shopping would never replace physical stores.
And with shows guaranteed at outdoor venues on both sides of the Cumberland, the festival's nights look to be Ascendant.
In 2017, the Astros’ homegrown core remains an ascendant club.
The relationship between peak Shaquille O'Neal and ascendant Kobe Bryant reached its greatest, most harmonious stage, and the Lakers destroyed all comers.
Djokovic had fought back from a set down to beat an ascendant Andy Murray, calling upon all his steel and reserve, arriving at the pinnacle of his sport.
Al-Shabab, an ascendant offshoot of the Islamic Courts Union, waged a vigorous, effective guerrilla war on the Ethiopian occupation forces, inflicting heavy casualties.
The courtier who bested Bannon, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, and the more conventional voices on foreign policy were ascendant.
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First Known Use of ascendant
ASCENDANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ascendant for English Language Learners
: becoming more popular or successful
: more powerful or important than any other
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