- The definition of ascend is defined as to move upward.
To scale a mountain is an example of ascend.
A hiker ascends a mountain ridge.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- 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: Middle English ascenden ; from Old French ascendre ; from Classical Latin ascendere ; from ad-, to plush 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)
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verb as·cend·ed, as·cend·ing, as·cends verb, intransitive
- To go or move upward; rise. See Synonyms at rise.
- To slope upward.
- 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 succeed to; occupy: ascended the throne upon the death of her father.
Origin: Middle English ascenden, from Old French ascendre, from Latin ascendere : ad-, ad- + scandere, to climb; see skand- in Indo-European roots.
- as·cendˈa·ble, as·cendˈi·ble adjective