Definition of ascend in English:

ascend

Syllabification: as·cend
Pronunciation: /əˈsend
 
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verb

1 [with object] Go up or climb: she ascended the stairs [no object]: new magmas were created and ascended to the surface
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  • Upon entering and ascending the stairs, we checked our coats and stepped into what would become quite the memorable evening.
  • A few minutes (hours, millennia) later, the security guard ascended the stairs behind me.
  • At the end of the interval he ascended the stairs.
Synonyms
climb, go up/upward, move up/upward, rise (up), clamber (up); mount, scale, conquer; take to the air, take off; rocket
1.1Climb to the summit of (a mountain or hill): the first traveler to ascend the mountain
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  • The climbers will ascend the mountains of Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales as part of their trek.
  • This meant that in a 43-year period, 61 Chinese mountaineers have ascended the peak on 14 occasions.
  • However, a botanist who climbed many peaks in Colorado, Edwin James, ascended the mountain in 1820.
1.2(Of a fish or boat) move upstream along (a river).
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  • These fish were probably in the vicinity ‘picking off’ the salmon as they were about to ascend the River Wear to spawn.
  • fish of the genus Alosa in the herring family, normally live in the sea but ascend rivers in the spring to spawn; and that is when they are caught and are at their best for eating.
  • Adults enter the Columbia River in June and July, ascending the river at about 13 miles per day.
2 [no object] Rise through the air: we had ascended 3,000 ft
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  • As the lift ascends, it passes the Great East Window, giving a close-up view of the toll the weather and environment has taken on the glass and masonry over the past six centuries.
  • Everyone looked over, stared at Carmen, then proceeded to mumble their greetings and introductions as the lift ascended.
  • Reciler followed and the lift started to ascend automatically.
2.1(Of a road or flight of steps) slope or lead up: the road ascends to the lake
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  • Leading up to the lobby, its glass doors proudly displaying the Union symbol in frosted white, was a wide flight of steps, ascending gently from the sidewalk.
  • As the road ascends from the green covered hillside to the cactus covered plains, it quickly gets colder, especially as it approaches the snow-capped mountains at around 5,000 metres.
  • Climbing this leads to the base of an unstable boulder slope which ascends into Cape Kennedy Chamber with its impressive array of stalagmites.
2.2Move up the social or professional scale: he took exams to ascend through the ranks some executives ascend to top-level positions
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  • Though it was too late for him to become an Acolyte, this would insure that he would ascend through the ranks quickly.
  • In addition, there are bit players and extras, who may or may not ascend through the ranks to become stars or character actors.
  • As in the lines-of-business, actors in the studio stock system could ascend through the ranks, from extra to lead.
2.3(Of a spiritual being or soul) rise into heaven: the Prophet ascended to heaven (as adjective ascended) the risen and ascended Christ
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  • Being engrossed and motionless, she indicated that she saw these souls ascending to heaven.
  • He dies on the spot for his crime, but all see his soul ascend to heaven thanks to Brendan's intercession.
  • No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.
2.4(Of a voice or sound) rise in pitch: Carolyn’s voice had ascended into high-pitched giggles
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  • The voice was ascending rapidly up the pitch scale, finally cracking.
  • Starting on C major, they ascend in pitch utilizing the key signatures that employ no more than four sharps or fiats.
  • The song begins with a haunting keyboard intro, laced with sound effects, and ascends into a bright, airy, romantic ballad with a chant-like quality.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin ascendere, from ad- 'to' + scandere 'to climb'.

Phrases

ascend the throne

Become king or queen.
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  • Within the span of 20 years, fragmentary records indicate that no less than 18 kings and possibly one queen ascended the throne with nominal control over the country.
  • He was a petty thief jailed for 15 years, but released by King Abdullah in a traditional amnesty given when the king ascended the throne.
  • Since no king ascended the throne after him, that calendar remained in use as the Yazdgerdi calendar.

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