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1 travel up, "We ascended the mountain"; "go up a ladder"; "The mountaineers slowly ascended the steep slope" [syn: go up] [ant: descend]
2 go back in order of genealogical succession; "Inheritance may not ascend linearly"
3 become king or queen; "She ascended to the throne after the King's death"
4 go along towards (a river's) source; "The boat ascended the Delaware"
5 slope upwards; "The path ascended to the top of the hill"
6 come up, of celestial bodies; "The sun also rises"; "The sun uprising sees the dusk night fled..."; "Jupiter ascends" [syn: rise, come up, uprise] [ant: set]

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From ascendere.



  1. To go up, to fly, to soar.
    He ascended to heaven upon a cloud.


to go up, to fly, to soar

Extensive Definition

wikt ascend
Ascend means to go up, fly, or soar.
Ascend (ascendant, ascendance, ascendancy/ascendency, ascended, ascender, ascending, ascent, ascension, etc) may also refer to:
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See also

ascend in French: Ascendance

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

advance, arise, aspire, back, back up, bank, budge, buss the clouds, cant, careen, chandelle, change, change place, circle, clamber, climb, come up, crest, curl upwards, decline, descend, dip, drop, ebb, escalade, escalate, fall, fall away, fall off, float, flow, gain altitude, get over, get up, go, go around, go downhill, go round, go sideways, go up, go uphill, grade, grow up, gyrate, hoick, incline, keel, lean, levitate, lift, list, loom, mount, move, move over, pitch, plunge, progress, rake, rear, rear up, regress, retreat, retrogress, rise, rise up, rotate, run, scale, scale the heights, scramble, shelve, shift, shin, sidle, sink, slant, slope, soar, spin, spiral, spire, stand on tiptoe, stand up, stir, stream, subside, surge, surmount, swag, swarm up, sway, sweep up, tilt, tip, top, tower, travel, up, upclimb, upgo, upgrow, upheave, uprear, uprise, upspin, upstream, upsurge, upswarm, upwind, wane, whirl, zoom
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