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

Definition of ascension

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: the act or process of ascending


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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

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 The ascension of his influence also arrives as the Norse inch closer to Motor City Madness, which at this point, appears to only help the team. Charlie Hatch,, "Five things learned from NKU's 86-80 win over Green Bay on Saturday night," 12 Feb. 2018 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

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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


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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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