ascending

adjective
as·​cend·​ing | \ə-ˈsen-diŋ \

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

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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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