as·​cend·​ing ə-ˈsen-diŋ How to pronounce ascending (audio)
: rising or increasing to higher levels, values, or degrees
ascending powers of x
an ascending scale
: mounting or sloping upward
an ascending path
: 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 The deal done at the dawn of an expected recession reflects both the declining fortunes of many conventional shopping centers and the potential for growth in an economically ascending part of the city. Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2020 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,, 2 Aug. 2019 While Chicago has the feel of an ascending team, there are also some shaky components here. Conor Orr,, 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, 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, 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, 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, 21 Apr. 2016

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Word History


see ascend

First Known Use

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of ascending was in 1581

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“Ascending.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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