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Multiple Meanings
ascend

We saw the rocket ascend.
to move or slope upward

In addition to referencing a change in physical position, ascend is often used metaphorically. For example, to ascend to the throne is to move to a higher or more important position. Similarly, to ascend from a discussion of policy detail to a discussion of philosophy is to move up a conceptual hierarchy.
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