ascending

adjective
as·​cend·​ing | \ ə-ˈsen-diŋ How to pronounce ascending (audio) \

Definition of ascending

1a : rising or increasing to higher levels, values, or degrees ascending powers of x an ascending scale
b : mounting or sloping upward an ascending path
2 : rising upward usually from a more or less flat base or point of attachment the ascending stems of chickweed

Examples of ascending in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An ascending team that will play with more leads, Garrett, Ward & Co. should have more opportunities to record sacks and interceptions, respectively. 14. Kevin Hanson, SI.com, "Fantasy Football 2019: Defense and Kicker Rankings and Auction Prices," 2 Aug. 2019 While Chicago has the feel of an ascending team, there are also some shaky components here. Conor Orr, SI.com, "Five NFL Teams That Could Drop Out of the Playoff Field in 2019," 27 June 2019 The sensation of building up, creating an ascending path of self-esteem, is something that Ellis hopes to foster and manipulate to her advantage. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "Raining Goals on Thailand Wasn’t an Accident. It Was the U.S. Game Plan.," 12 June 2019 At this point in life, Keke believes the city has much to offer musically, as well as culturally, to support her ascending career. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Keke Palmer Talks New Music, Creating Big Boss Entertainment & Chief Keef Naming a Song After Her," 2 Feb. 2018 The cornerback had just helped the New England Patriots hold off a young and ascending Tampa Bay Buccaneers team Thursday night, 19-14. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Patriots' maligned defense makes progress in containing Buccaneers," 6 Oct. 2017 The Panthers are an ascending team, carving a similar path as the Islanders three years ago — returning to the postseason after a lengthy absence, rich with talent, positioned to become a league force. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "Young Panthers, and Their Veteran Leader, Are on the Ascent," 21 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of ascending

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ascending

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The first known use of ascending was in 1581

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“Ascending.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ascending. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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