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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: ascendere, from ad- 'to' + scandere 'to climb'

ascend

verb
     
as‧cend
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.
5

ascend the throne

PG to become king or queen
6

in ascending order

if a group of things are arranged in ascending order, each thing is higher, or greater in amount, than the one before it

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