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.

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

ascendable, ascendible, adjective
reascend, verb
unascendable, adjective
unascended, adjective

1. soar. 6. See climb.

1, 6. descend. Unabridged
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ascend (əˈsɛnd)
1.  to go or move up (a ladder, hill, slope, etc); mount; climb
2.  (intr) to slope or incline upwards
3.  (intr) 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
[C14: from Latin ascendere, from scandere]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from L. ascendere "to climb up," from ad- "to" + scandere "to climb" (see scan). An O.E. word for it was stigan.
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Example sentences
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
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