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

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 Along with the ascension and ebbing of Carlos’s career, Sewell conveys the more intimate aspects of the composer’s life. Washington Post, "Wendy Carlos, the electronic music pioneer who happens to be transgender," 23 Oct. 2020 Trump’s ascension represent a significant change in the Party’s orientation, and, if so, will the change be temporary or lasting? Nicholas Lemann, The New Yorker, "The Republican Identity Crisis After Trump," 23 Oct. 2020 Declining American investment in diplomacy began well before Donald Trump’s ascension to the presidency, but the current administration gave the decline new meaning. Justin Sherman, Wired, "Trump's Un-American Failure to Protect Internet Freedom," 22 Oct. 2020 At one point during the hearings, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., appeared to reveal the inevitability of Barrett's ascension to the high court. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court hearings lacked the drama that Brett Kavanaugh's proceedings had. Here's why.," 17 Oct. 2020 That run of honorable nominees ended with Donald Trump’s ascension in 2016. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "The GOP Is Not Destined to Be Dominated by Cranks," 15 Oct. 2020 Wright made a quick ascension through the Braves' minor-league system. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Buckhorn’s Kyle Wright has come a long way for the Atlanta Braves in 2020," 14 Oct. 2020 Barrett's confirmation hearings are set to begin Monday as Republicans rush to approve her ascension to the Supreme Court before the Nov. 3 election. Michelle R. Smith And Michael Biesecker, Star Tribune, "High court nominee served as 'handmaid' in religious group," 7 Oct. 2020 Upshaw's ascension places him squarely in that group. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "This Michigan football DE has now 'got a butt.' And that's a good thing," 2 Oct. 2020

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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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26 Oct 2020

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“Ascension.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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