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


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 After Trump’s ascension to the White House in 2017, none of these leaders sought a legislative solution or negotiation. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Biden is poised to expand Bears Ears and Grand Staircase monuments. The real question is by how much?," 11 Apr. 2021 Janey's ascension to the role leading one of America's oldest cities seems the result of a series of fortuitous events. Abby Phillip And Jeff Simon, CNN, "'We cannot go back to normal': Boston's Mayor Kim Janey sees a mandate for racial equity in post-Covid era," 11 Apr. 2021 But perhaps Wednesday’s win — which came without Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier — will be the start of an ascension., "Breaking down Tristan Thompson’s impact during his first game back with the Celtics," 8 Apr. 2021 This is ascension music — a sound rising in the direction of higher consciousness. Chris Richards, Washington Post, "The world is fast. Bad Brains is faster.," 8 Apr. 2021 Herbert’s rapid ascension earned him the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award and injected a strong sense of optimism inside the franchise going into the 2020 season. oregonlive, "Los Angeles Chargers’ Brandon Staley loves Justin Herbert’s ‘authentic’ personality," 2 Apr. 2021 The Hoosiers have made a similar ascension under seventh-year coach Teri Moren, winning the WNIT in 2018 and now with six consecutive 20-win seasons. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, "First NCAA Women's Final Four berth on line for Arizona and Indiana," 29 Mar. 2021 With Klibanski’s ascension, Sperling, the Mass General Brigham chairman, saw an opportunity to succeed where previous efforts had failed., "At Mass General Brigham, a sweeping effort to unify hospitals and shed old rivalries," 27 Mar. 2021 The ascension plan solidified the importance of AWS to the internet giant's future — and raised big questions about who would take over leading it. Clare Duffy, CNN, "Amazon's cloud business has a new CEO," 23 Mar. 2021

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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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18 Apr 2021

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“Ascension.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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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