as·​cen·​sion | \ ə-ˈsen(t)-shən How to pronounce ascension (audio) \

Definition of ascension

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: the act or process of ascending


geographical name
As·​cen·​sion | \ ə-ˈsen(t)-shən How to pronounce Ascension (audio) \

Definition of Ascension (Entry 2 of 2)

isolated island in the South Atlantic belonging to the British colony of Saint Helena area 34 square miles (88 square kilometers), population 1400

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Synonyms & Antonyms for ascension

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of ascension in a Sentence

Noun The play tells of his ascension to the presidency. the ascension of women in society
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Raising capital brings a set of great challenges — the hunt for investors and clients, business ascension, legal affairs and the ability to find a solid team. Somdutta Singh, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 Because of his ascension as an NBA player and Olympic performance, Tatum is going to be the defensive focus of opposing teams and he’s already being collapsed on during the preseason., 12 Oct. 2021 Still, Herbert’s rapid ascension didn’t secure Lynn’s future. Brad Biggs,, 11 Oct. 2021 The flashback takes place just five years before her ascension to the throne, following the death of her father King George VI. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, 19 Sep. 2021 His ascension comes at a moment when Condé Nast, under Wintour and CEO Roger Lynch, is centralizing its operations. Matthew Schneier, Curbed, 18 Sep. 2021 Her ascension through the bureau’s ranks opened doors for other women in policing — both in Oregon and throughout the country. oregonlive, 17 Sep. 2021 Her mother worked three jobs in order to support her ascension to the big leagues. Halley Bondy, NBC News, 15 Sep. 2021 Democrats have regularly likened Elder to former President Trump, and said his ascension would undermine the state’s progressive values and imperil efforts to combat climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of ascension


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ascension


Middle English, from Latin ascension-, ascensio, from ascendere

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The first known use of ascension was in the 14th century

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“Ascension.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ascension

: the act of rising or ascending especially : the act of moving to a higher or more powerful position
: the Christian holiday that celebrates Jesus Christ's journey to heaven after his death


as·​cen·​sion | \ ə-ˈsen-shən How to pronounce ascension (audio) \

Kids Definition of ascension

: the act or process of moving or rising up especially to a higher or more powerful position ascension to the throne

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