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Definition 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.
  • We saw the rocket ascend.
ascend = move or slope upward
  • She ascended to the throne after the King's death
  • The path ascended to the top of the hill
  • ascended = moved or sloped upward
  • the loftiest heights to which imagination can ascend
  • Jupiter ascends
  • the moon ascending, Up from the east
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • ascending = moving upward
  • We ascended three stairways, passed three landings.
    David Almond  --  Skellig
  • ascended = moved upward
  • 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 ascended the valley in a mathematically direct line towards his distant home in the meadows.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • ascended = climbed (move upward)
  • Orange sparks ascended from wave-like sheets of flame
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • ascended = to move upward
  • Ascend!
    E. B. White  --  Charlotte's Web
  • As for the sisters of legend, wrapped in superlatives and ascended into myth, they were finally also inaccessible to me.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Sty, stride, ascend, descend.
    Unknown  --  Beowulf
  • Ascending to the altar again, the Demon turned and faced his audience.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Across Walnut is the former location of the old Walnut Street Jail, where Jean Pierre Blanchard's balloon ascended in January 1793.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Fever, 1793
  • Let our thanks ascend To God, who has given us another Saint in Canterbury.
    T.S. Eliot  --  Murder in the Cathedral
  • Fact is, the god is in the base, a kind of inner mystery from which the towers ascend.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • The warehouse is twice the size of a football field and sectioned into three ascending tiers.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • "Gentlemen," I said at last, as the party ascended the steps, "I delight to have allayed your suspicions.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat

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