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

Definition of ascension

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

ascent, climb, rise, rising, soar

Antonyms: Noun

descent, dip, dive, drop, fall, nosedive, plunge

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Examples of ascension in a Sentence


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Pioneer Press talked with Graf about his ascension to NASCAR. Bob Sansevere, Twin Cities, "Minnesota driver Joe Graf Jr. balances classes at NYU, first start on NASCAR Xfinity Series," 7 June 2019 An idea hatched by the Dodgers’ front office, Smith’s few weeks with the club were a preparatory course designed to ease his ascension to the big leagues whenever he was called up to play. Jorge Castillo,, "Dodgers rookie catcher Will Smith's apprenticeship began in September," 6 June 2019 Jordan is an immensely popular figure in conservative grass-roots circles but a divisive figure outside of them, making his ascension to the speakership a long shot. The Washington Post,, "Rep. Jim Jordan, Freedom Caucus co-founder, is exploring run for House speaker," 13 Apr. 2018 In the year since the ascension of López Obrador, Cámara has been offered an array of potential roles with long names and vague descriptions. Rob Haskell, Vogue, "What’s Next for Gabriela Cámara? A New L.A. Restaurant—And Foray into Politics," 15 May 2019 Newsletter Sign-up The U.S-China phone conversation marks the ascension of Mr. Lighthizer, the trade representative, into a leading position in the trade talks. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "China Moves to Address U.S. Economic Concerns," 11 Dec. 2018 With the ascension of Franchy Cordero, there may not be room for both Jankowski and Margot going forward. Kevin Acee,, "Travis Jankowski pushing Manuel Margot for job," 6 May 2018 In the months leading up to the ascension of Díaz-Canel, Cuban state media has been cautiously introducing him to the outside world. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "Raul Castro hands over Cuba presidency to Miguel Diaz-Canel," 19 Apr. 2018 For her sad departure from this land marks the ascension of the Summer Queen. Chris Lykins, San Antonio Express-News, "Weekend Weather: Put up the jacket, the winter's over," 24 Feb. 2018

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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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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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