- 1 [with object] Go up or climb: she ascended the stairs [no object]: we had ascended 3,000 ftMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Climb to the summit of (a mountain or hill): the first traveller to ascend the mountainMore example sentences
- 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): salmon ascend rivers from the sea to spawnMore example sentences
- 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 or move up through the air: the lift ascended from his sightMore example sentences
- 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 loch (as adjective ascending) a gently ascending forest trackMore example sentences
- 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 to a higher social or professional rank: some executives ascend to top-level positionsMore example sentences
- 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 (ascend to/into heaven) (Of a spiritual being or soul) go to heaven: the Prophet ascended to heaven (as adjective ascended) the risen and ascended ChristMore example sentences
- 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 gigglesMore example sentences
- 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.
ascend the throne
- Become king or queen.More example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: from Latin ascendere, from ad- 'to' + scandere 'to climb'.