ascend

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From Middle English ascenden, from Latin ascendere (to go up, climb up to), from ad (to) + scandere (to climb); see scan. Unrelated to accede other than common ad prefix.

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ascend (third-person singular simple present ascends, present participle ascending, simple past and past participle ascended)

  1. (intransitive) To move upward, to fly, to soar.
    He ascended to heaven upon a cloud.
  2. (intransitive) To slope in an upward direction.
    The road ascends the mountain.
  3. (transitive) To go up.
    You ascend the stairs and take a right.
  4. (transitive) To succeed.
    She ascended the throne when her mother abdicated.
  5. (figuratively) To rise; to become higher, more noble, etc.
    Our inquiries ascend to the remotest antiquity.

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ascend

  1. third-person singular present indicative of ascendre