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[uh-send] /əˈsɛnd/
verb (used without object)
to move, climb, or go upward; mount; rise:
The airplane ascended into the clouds.
to slant upward.
to rise to a higher point, rank, or degree; proceed from an inferior to a superior degree or level:
to ascend to the presidency.
to go toward the source or beginning; go back in time.
Music. to rise in pitch; pass from any tone to a higher one.
verb (used with object)
to go or move upward upon or along; climb; mount:
to ascend a lookout tower; to ascend stairs.
to gain or succeed to; acquire:
to ascend the throne.
Origin of ascend
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
1. soar. 6. See climb.
1, 6. descend. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ascended
  • As the chair lift ascended, my right pocket vibrated and thigh pulsed.
  • When there was nothing more of his maize, he ascended to the sky and became a bright star.
  • It's no historical coincidence that gaming ascended right along with the rise of the information age.
  • Bidding at once resumed, and ascended without interruption to fifty thousand pounds.
  • Construction belongs in its own bucket, since it ascended and collapsed on the real estate bubble.
  • Once there, you ascended by virtue of seniority and visibility.
  • It is noteworthy that wherever any subregional party has ascended politically, right wing communal parties have thrived.
  • Nearly imperceptible at first, the strengthening current gradually diverted our bubbles at a slight angle as they ascended.
  • Therewith she ascended to her shining upper chamber, not alone, for with her likewise went her handmaids.
  • She arose in the morning and ascended a small hill which they were wont to visit together and which afforded the only pretty view.
British Dictionary definitions for ascended


to go or move up (a ladder, hill, slope, etc); mount; climb
(intransitive) to slope or incline upwards
(intransitive) to rise to a higher point, level, degree, etc
to follow (a river) upstream towards its source
to trace (a genealogy, etc) back in time
to sing or play (a scale, arpeggio, etc) from the lower to higher notes
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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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