as·cen·sion | \ə-ˈsen(t)-shən \

Definition of ascension 

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: the act or process of ascending


geographical name
As·cen·sion | \ə-ˈsen(t)-shən \

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

Mexico’s current president, Enrique Peña Nieto, also went on national television to confirm Lopez Obrador’s ascension to the chief executive post. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wins Mexico's presidential election in a massive landslide," 2 July 2018 But to some degree, any pressure Sox general manager Rick Hahn felt to accelerate Kopech’s ascension through the minors has been lifted by the pitcher himself. David Haugh,, "No need to rush Michael Kopech to majors, rebuild is worth the wait," 19 June 2018 Bausby’s ascension could make one of the Eagles’ other cornerbacks expendable, say, Ronald Darby, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract. Jeff Mclane,, "Eagles practice observations: Jason Peters inches along; Sidney Jones sidelined; Fletcher Cox and Nigel Bradham absent," 6 June 2018 His ascension through the ranks marked the first time a player had done so successfully in Sporting KC’s system, and ultimately gave hope to players like Kuzain and Lindsey. Shaun Goodwin, kansascity, "'Play the kids': Sporting KC's youngsters continue to shine in spotlight," 28 June 2018 Kung Fu Kenny touches on his ascension, being named after The Temptations' Eddie Kendricks, winning a Pulitzer Prize, Kanye West's recent antics, and much more. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Kendrick Lamar Details Pulitzer Prize Honor, Kanye's Support of Donald Trump: 'He Has His Own Perspective'," 28 June 2018 His ascension — from second-to-last pick in the draft to first-ballot Hall of Famer — is the kind of story movie studios would have loved. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "With a clear head, Ginobili finds way for Spurs to hope," 18 Apr. 2018 But each degree of ascension requires more weeks away from his girlfriend, more time spent tethered to social media, more anxiety that his sense of self is changing faster than his mind can keep up. Samuel Hine, GQ, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s Justice Smith Nearly Turned Down His First Blockbuster," 14 June 2018 The prospect of Pompeo's ascension to the top rungs of the U.S. foreign-policy apparatus set off alarm bells across Washington. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump’s would-be secretary of state has an Islamophobia problem," 12 Apr. 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 Ascension : the Christian holiday that celebrates Jesus Christ's journey to heaven after his death


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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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