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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To go or move upward; rise. See Synonyms at rise.
  • intransitive v. To slope upward.
  • intransitive v. To rise from a lower level or station; advance: ascended from poverty to great wealth; ascend to the throne.
  • intransitive v. To go back in time or upward in genealogical succession.
  • transitive v. To move upward upon or along; climb: ascended the mountain.
  • transitive v. To succeed to; occupy: ascended the throne upon the death of her father.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To move upward, to fly, to soar.
  • v. To slope in an upward direction.
  • v. To go up.
  • v. To succeed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To move upward; to mount; to go up; to rise; -- opposed to descend.
  • intransitive v. To rise, in a figurative sense; to proceed from an inferior to a superior degree, from mean to noble objects, from particulars to generals, from modern to ancient times, from one note to another more acute, etc.
  • transitive v. To go or move upward upon or along; to climb; to mount; to go up the top of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To move upward; mount; go up; rise, whether in air or water, or upon a material object.
  • To rise, in a figurative sense; proceed from an inferior to a superior degree, from mean to noble objects, from particulars to generals, etc.
  • To slope upward.
  • To go backward in the order of time; proceed from modern to ancient times: as, our inquiries ascend to the remotest antiquity.
  • To rise, as a star; appear above the horizon.
  • In music, to rise in pitch; pass from any tone to one more acute.
  • To go or move upward upon; climb: as, to ascend a hill or ladder; to ascend a tree.
  • To move upward along; go toward the source of: as, to ascend a river. Synonyms

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. become king or queen
  • v. come up, of celestial bodies
  • v. go along towards (a river's) source
  • v. travel up,
  • v. go back in order of genealogical succession
  • v. slope upwards
  • v. move to a better position in life or to a better job
  • v. appear to be moving upward, as by means of tendrils

Etymologies

Middle English ascenden, from Old French ascendre, from Latin ascendere : ad-, ad- + scandere, to climb; see skand- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English ascenden, from Latin ascendere ("to go up, climb up to"), from ad ("to") + scandere ("to climb"); see scan. Unrelated to accede other than common ad prefix. (Wiktionary)

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