Definition of ascension in English:


Line breaks: as¦cen|sion
Pronunciation: /əˈsɛnʃ(ə)n


[in singular]
  • 1The action of rising to an important position or a higher level: his ascension to the presidency
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    • The first and most important was the ascension of a party chairman who had the ability to lead and attract quality candidates.
    • Several important trends will be evident during the ascension of unlicensed bands.
    • I don't even remember the words to nursery rhymes, let alone which ones are about the plague and which are about the ascension of King Charles II.
  • 1.1 (Ascension) The ascent of Christ into heaven on the fortieth day after the Resurrection.
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    • After the Resurrection and the Ascension of Jesus, the disciples were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.
    • The reign of Christ begins with the Ascension, even as the witness of the church will soon be inaugurated by the sending of God's empowering Holy Spirit.
    • What does a belief in the Incarnation and the Resurrection and the Ascension and the future judgment mean for Christian practice and politics?



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  • A light transmitter, weighing about a pound, is carried up by the balloon at a known ascensional rate.
  • The ascensional movement did not cease until the Go-Ahead had reached a height of fourteen thousand feet.
  • That search, which Corto knows is fruitless, reconciles the sublimation of the motivating object with the euphemistic cynicism of a horizontal and not ascensional awareness of the journey.


Middle English (referring to the ascent of Christ): via Old French from Latin ascensio(n-), from the verb ascendere (see ascend).

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