A hiker ascends a mountain ridge.
To scale a mountain is an example of ascend.
- 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)
verbas·cend·ed, as·cend·ing, as·cends
- To go or move upward; rise: The balloon ascended into the clouds. See Synonyms at rise.
- To slope upward: The trail ascends to an outcrop overlooking the valley.
- To rise from a lower level or station; advance: ascended from poverty to great wealth; ascend to the throne.
- To go back in time or upward in genealogical succession.
- To move upward upon or along; climb: ascended the mountain.
- To slope upward toward or along: The road ascends the ridge.
- To succeed to; occupy: ascended the throne upon the death of her father.
Origin of ascendMiddle English ascenden from Old French ascendre from Latin ascendere ad- ad- scandere to climb ; see skand- in Indo-European roots.
- as·cend′a·ble as·cend′i·ble
(third-person singular simple present ascends, present participle ascending, simple past and past participle ascended)
- (intransitive) To move upward, to fly, to soar.
- He ascended to heaven upon a cloud.
- (intransitive) To slope in an upward direction.
- The road ascends the mountain.
- To go up.
- You ascend the stairs and take a right.
- To succeed.
- She ascended the throne when her mother abdicated.
- (figuratively) To rise; to become higher, more noble, etc.
- Our inquiries ascend to the remotest antiquity.