- to go or move up (a ladder, hill, slope, etc); mount; climb
- (intransitive) to slope or incline upwards
- (intransitive) to rise to a higher point, level, degree, etc
- to trace (a genealogy, etc) back in time
- to sing or play (a scale, arpeggio, etc) from the lower to higher notes
- ascend the throne ⇒ to become king or queen
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- to move, climb, or go upward (upon or along);
mount: [no object]The elevator ascended to the penthouse.[~ + object]She ascended the stairs gracefully.
- to rise to a higher point, rank, degree, etc.:[no object]ascended rapidly in the company hierarchy.
- ascend the throne, to become a king or queen.
- to move, climb, or go upward;
rise:The airplane ascended into the clouds.
- to slant upward.
- to rise to a higher point, rank, or degree;
proceed from an inferior to a superior degree or level:to ascend to the presidency.
- to go toward the source or beginning;
go back in time.
- Music and Danceto rise in pitch;
pass from any tone to a higher one.
- to go or move upward upon or along;
mount:to ascend a lookout tower; to ascend stairs.
- to gain or succeed to;
acquire:to ascend the throne.
- Latin ascendere to climb up, equivalent. to a- a-5 + -scendere, combining form of scandere to climb. See scan
- Anglo-French ascendre
- Middle English ascenden 1350–1400
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged soar.
- 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See climb.
- 1, 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged descend.