as·​cen·​sion ə-ˈsen(t)-shən How to pronounce ascension (audio)
: the act or process of ascending

Example Sentences

The play tells of his ascension to the presidency. the ascension of women in society
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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Ascension.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


as·​cen·​sion ə-ˈsen-chən How to pronounce ascension (audio)
: the act or process of ascending

Geographical Definition


geographical name

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