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1  —as in:
ascend the mountain
Definition to move or slope upward — sometimes figuratively as when climbing the corporate ladder
  • We saw the rocket ascend.
ascend = move upward
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The path ascended to the top of the hill.
  • ascended = sloped upward
  • Jupiter ascends.
  • ascends = climbs higher in the sky
  • We ascended to the second floor.
  • ascended = moved upward
  • the moon ascending, Up from the east
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • ascending = rising
  • We ascended three stairways, passed three landings.
    David Almond  --  Skellig
  • ascended = climbed
  • I dreamed of ascending Everest myself one day;
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • ascending = climbing up
  • She ascended slowly and returned to Wilbur's pen.
    E. B. White  --  Charlotte's Web
  • ascended = moved upward
  •   He walked to the hall and called out, "Everything good down there?"
      The answer ascended the steps, on top of Max Vandenburg.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • ascended = climbed
  •   Go, get thee to thy love, as was decreed,
      Ascend her chamber, hence and comfort her.
      But, look, thou stay not till the watch be set,
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
ascend = go up

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2  —as in:
in ascending order
Definition move up a scale — as from smaller numbers to larger, or lower notes to higher
  • It lists the top-ten books by popularity in ascending order.
ascending = from the tenth most popular to the most popular
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • This is a list of employee birthdays in ascending order.
  • ascending = from earliest date in the year to latest date in the year
  • The sound ascends from low to high,
  • ascends = rising from lower to higher pitch
  • It lists the top-ten movies by popularity in ascending order.
  • ascending = from the tenth most popular to the most popular
  • Unless told otherwise, the program sorts in ascending order.
  • ascending = from smallest to largest
  • By way of illustration, Nina pointed her pencil to the first column of her grid, in which six objects were listed in ascending order of size.
    Amor Towles  --  A Gentleman in Moscow
  • ascending = from smallest to largest
  • In 1782 Gouverneur Morris proposed to the Continental Congress that the coins of the republic be called, in ascending order, /unit/, /penny-bill/, /dollar/ and /crown/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • ascending = from least valuable to most valuable
  • The difference between your flesh and the animate power within, which can feel, understand, and love, in that very ascending order, will be clear to you in ten thousand ways, ten thousand times over.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • ascending = moving from least important to most important
  • I'm a lawyer, and before I came up to this godforsaken circus, I dealt with ascending levels of confidentiality every day of my life.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • ascending = increasing
  • "My being is yours," he sang in desperation, repeating the same anguished melodic phrase, which the orchestra also picked up again on its own, ascending two notes up from the dominant and with deepest fervor moving back to the fifth below.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
ascending = moving upward on a musical scale

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3  —as in:
ascend higher figuratively
Definition figuratively, to rise to a better situation
  • She ascended to the throne after the King's death.
ascended = rose to a more prestigious position
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The game is free, but if you want to ascend to a higher level of play, it will cost you.
  • ascend = get into a better situation
  • She moves me to the loftiest heights to which imagination can ascend.
  • ascend = climb or rise
  • She's ascended in her career from sweeping the floors to running the company.
  • ascended = succeeded in getting better job responsibilities
  • She ascended to the throne.
  • ascended = rose to a more prestigious position
  • She believes she will ascend to heaven upon her death.
  • ascend = get into a better situation
  • Julia will spend the afternoon reading each one, basking in the awareness that the man whose potential she had seen so long before, when he was just a quiet young lieutenant, has ascended from anonymity and disgrace to the level of great historical figure.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • ascended = moved upward to a position of greater importance
  • It may be that we are chosen instruments of His good pleasure, and that we ascend to His bidding as that other through stripes and shame.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • ascend = rise (into a better situation)
  • They ascend into the heavens; they have discovered how the blood circulates, and the nature of the air we breathe.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • ascend = rise (into a better situation)
  • In Silvester the Second a famous magician ascended the papal throne, although he was notorious for having invented the pendulum clock.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
ascended = rose (to a more prestigious position)

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