Such a role would jibe with the aspirations of an ascendant Turkey, which is pushing for greater regional clout.
Faced with an ascendant Newt Gingrich, the former Massachusetts governor took off the gloves, and went for the throat.
Gay marriage is ascendant, driven by a rapidly shifting public opinion.
late 14c., ascendent, astrological use is earliest, from Middle French ascendant (noun and adjective) and directly from Latin ascendentem (nominative ascendans), present participle of ascendere "to mount, ascend, go up" (see ascend). Sense "moving upward, rising" is recorded from 1590s. In the ascendant "ruling, dominant" (not, as is often thought, "rising") is from 1670s.