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.
- (transitive) To go up.
- You ascend the stairs and take a right.
- (transitive) To succeed.
- She ascended the throne when her mother abdicated.
- (intransitive, figuratively) To rise; to become higher, more noble, etc.
- To trace, search or go backwards temporally (e.g., through records, genealogies, routes, etc.).
- Our inquiries ascend to the remotest antiquity.
- (transitive, music) To become higher in pitch.
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, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.