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

Born third in the line of succession, Elizabeth became the presumptive heir to the throne in 1936, following the abdication of her uncle Edward VIII and the ascension of her father, George VI. The Editors, Town & Country, "The British Royal Family Tree," 19 May 2018 The ascension of Victor Oladipo from nice player in OKC to bona fide star has been verified. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: If you’re a Pacers fan, you can believe," 28 Apr. 2018 But Netflix’s ascension is one that Hollywood has been anticipating. John Koblin, New York Times, "Emmy Nominations 2018: ‘Game of Thrones’ and Netflix Lead the Way," 13 July 2018 Today marks the 67th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's ascension to the throne, but despite the date's significance, the British monarch won't be celebrating. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Quiet Way Queen Elizabeth Will Spend the 67th Anniversary of Her Accession to the Throne," 6 Feb. 2019 If such an act doesn’t bespeak a consciousness in an imperfect state of ascension, what does? Lili Anolik, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Eve Babitz Is Becoming an Unlikely Icon for Millennial Women," 24 Jan. 2019 This spring, the heir apparent caused quite a stir when an update to his personal website removed information about his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and her future title upon his ascension to the throne. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This Is What Kate Middleton's Title Will Be When Prince William Becomes King," 25 Oct. 2018 His ascension came as President Xi’s antigraft campaign was focusing on the return of fugitive Chinese officials and executives who had fled abroad. Eva Dou, WSJ, "Interpol President Meng Hongwei Resigns After China Says He Is Under Investigation," 7 Oct. 2018 Tony Stewart, the other SHR co-owner, pointed to Suarez’s speedy ascension to the Cup Series. Jenna Fryer, The Seattle Times, "Suarez gets 2nd shot to show he can ride with NASCAR’s best," 7 Jan. 2019

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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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