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ascend

[uh-send] /əˈsɛnd/
verb (used without object)
1.
to move, climb, or go upward; mount; rise:
The airplane ascended into the clouds.
2.
to slant upward.
3.
to rise to a higher point, rank, or degree; proceed from an inferior to a superior degree or level:
to ascend to the presidency.
4.
to go toward the source or beginning; go back in time.
5.
Music. to rise in pitch; pass from any tone to a higher one.
verb (used with object)
6.
to go or move upward upon or along; climb; mount:
to ascend a lookout tower; to ascend stairs.
7.
to gain or succeed to; acquire:
to ascend the throne.
Origin of ascend
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English ascenden < Anglo-French ascendre < Latin ascendere to climb up, equivalent to a- a-5 + -scendere, combining form of scandere to climb. See scan
Related forms
ascendable, ascendible, adjective
reascend, verb
unascendable, adjective
unascended, adjective
Synonyms
1. soar. 6. See climb.
Antonyms
1, 6. descend.
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  • After a moment's hesitation Mutimer ascended the stairs by threes.

    Demos George Gissing
  • Fifty years before Queen Victoria had ascended the throne of England.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • The trail was stony, and many steep hills were ascended and descended.

    The Awakening of the Desert Julius C. Birge
  • This was a sad mistake; and it cost him dear enough after he had ascended his father's throne.

    Biographical Stories Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • These I ascended, and eventually reached the room in question.

British Dictionary definitions for ascended

ascend

/əˈsɛnd/
verb
1.
to go or move up (a ladder, hill, slope, etc); mount; climb
2.
(intransitive) to slope or incline upwards
3.
(intransitive) to rise to a higher point, level, degree, etc
4.
to follow (a river) upstream towards its source
5.
to trace (a genealogy, etc) back in time
6.
to sing or play (a scale, arpeggio, etc) from the lower to higher notes
7.
ascend the throne, to become king or queen
Word Origin
C14: from Latin ascendere, from scandere
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Word Origin and History for ascended

ascend

v.

late 14c., from Latin ascendere "to climb up, mount, ascend," figuratively "to rise, reach," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + scandere "to climb" (see scan (v.)). Also in 15c. used with a sense "to mount (a female) for copulation." Related: Ascended; ascending. An Old English word for it was stigan.

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