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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)

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.

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."