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.
- (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.
- (transitive) To go up.
- You ascend the stairs and take a right.
- (transitive) 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.
to fly, to soar
to slope in an upward direction
to go up
- ascend in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- ascend in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.