ascend

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English ascenden, borrowed from Old French ascendre, from Latin ascendō (to go up, climb up to), from ad (to) + scandō (to climb); see scan. Unrelated to accede other than common ad prefix.

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  • IPA(key): /əˈsɛnd/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛnd
  • Hyphenation: as‧cend

Verb[edit]

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.
  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. (intransitive, figurative) To rise; to become higher, more noble, etc.
  6. To trace, search or go backwards temporally (e.g., through records, genealogies, routes, etc.).
    Our inquiries ascend to the remotest antiquity.
  7. (transitive, music) To become higher in pitch.

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Verb[edit]

ascend

  1. third-person singular present indicative of ascendre