- to go up; move upward; rise
- to proceed from a lower to a higher level or degree, as in rank, pitch, etc.
- to slope or lead upward
- to go back in time or line of ancestry
Origin of ascendMiddle English ascenden from Old French ascendre from Classical Latin ascendere from ad-, to + scandere, to climb
- to move upward along; mount; climb: to ascend stairs
- to move toward the source of: to ascend a river
- to succeed to (a throne)