[ad_1] 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.
- to go or move up (a ladder, hill, slope, etc); mount; climb
- (intr) to slope or incline upwards
- (intr) 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
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.