|Origin:||ascendere, from ad- 'to' + scandere 'to climb'|
1 [intransitive] formal
to move up through the air [≠ descend]:
The plane ascended rapidly.
2 [transitive] written
to climb something or move to a higher position [≠ descend]:
Without a word, he began to ascend the stairs.
3 [intransitive] written
to lead up to a higher position [≠ descend]:
The road ascends steeply from the harbour.
4 [intransitive and transitive] formal
to move to a more important or powerful job.:
The number of women decreases as you ascend the professional hierarchy.
to become king or queen
if a group of things are arranged in ascending order, each thing is higher, or greater in amount, than the one before it