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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

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 Mexico's softball ascension Palacios and Gonzales were freshmen at ASU in 2014 when Escobedo was a senior and already a Sun Devil legend with a national title to her credit. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Former Sun Devils, Wildcats can co-exist, elevating Mexico softball to Olympic berth," 7 Feb. 2020 Her ascension is true to the story of real American athletes, whose talents allow them (at the risk of exploitation) to rise from poverty. David Canfield,, "The Resisters and The Cactus League are great American baseball novels: Review," 31 Jan. 2020 Jaylon Jones traces his rapid ascension as a college football recruit to one play. David Hinojosa,, "Steele’s Jaylon Jones corners area’s recruiting class," 17 Dec. 2019 And because Horford departed unexpectedly, the Celtics gained a significant salary slot, acquired Kemba Walker, and continued their ascension in the Eastern Conference., "Horford gave his all in his three seasons in Boston, but he made it clear why he left: A chance to win now. A chance to play with two of the league’s top 15 players and a chance to play power forward a majority of the time.," 14 Dec. 2019 How the kid-friendly Peppa Pig became an LGBTQ icon But Peppa’s most recent ascension has been to LGBTQ icon, on top of her already worldwide renown. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "How Peppa Pig became an LGBTQ icon," 29 July 2019 The Jonas ascension was head-spinning—in just two years, this family band from New Jersey, the sons of a pastor, had gone from rumbling around in a van playing all-ages shows to flying in private jets and selling out arenas around the world. Jason Gay, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jonas Brothers: From Pop Stars to Rock Stars," 6 June 2019 After seasons in which Agholor caught 23 and 36 passes, lived through some off-the-field turmoil, and needed to be benched for a game to clear his head, there wasn’t much to predict his ascension this season. Bob Ford,, "Nelson Agholor and the Eagles arrive at the same time | Bob Ford," 19 Jan. 2018 The question now becomes whether the coming chapter, the one that follows the growth spurt, will chronicle esports’ continued ascension or begin its awkward phase. Washington Post, "The 2010s were a banner decade for big money and tech — and esports reaped the rewards," 28 Jan. 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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25 Feb 2020

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“Ascension.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 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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