[ad_1] 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)

  1. to go or move upward upon or along; climb; mount: to ascend a lookout tower; to ascend stairs.
  2. to gain or succeed to; acquire: to ascend the throne.


  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

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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