Definition of "ascend" []

  • To go or move upward; rise. See Synonyms at rise. (verb-intransitive)
  • To slope upward. (verb-intransitive)
  • To rise from a lower level or station; advance: ascended from poverty to great wealth; ascend to the throne. (verb-intransitive)
  • To go back in time or upward in genealogical succession. (verb-intransitive)
  • To move upward upon or along; climb: ascended the mountain. (verb-transitive)
  • To go or move up (a ladder, hill, slope, etc); mount; climb (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To slope or incline upwards (verb)
  • To rise to a higher point, level, degree, etc (verb)
  • To follow (a river) upstream towards its source (verb)
  • To trace (a genealogy, etc) back in time (verb)
  • To sing or play (a scale, arpeggio, etc) from the lower to higher notes (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "ascend" in a sentence
  • "The whole point of ancient Greek philosophy was to ascend from the cave of ancient Greek nomos to physis, which is why Socrates ended up drinking the hemlock."
  • "I have walked outside my hotel room every morning to watch as many as 78 (I lost count there) ascend from the field across the highway, and yesterday morning — the only morning I did not tote my camera — a balloon touched down in a small clearing behind the hotel, and they traded one passenger for another."
  • "In April (2002) the trail was marked with white arrows painted on the rocks all the way to the top, it goes in a northwesterly direction around the mountain, the final ascend is from the west."