Definition of ascend verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ascend

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//əˈsend//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈsend//
 
[intransitive, transitive](formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ascend
BrE BrE//əˈsend//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈsend//
 
he / she / it ascends
BrE BrE//əˈsendz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈsendz//
 
past simple ascended
BrE BrE//əˈsendɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈsendɪd//
 
past participle ascended
BrE BrE//əˈsendɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈsendɪd//
 
-ing form ascending
BrE BrE//əˈsendɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈsendɪŋ//
 
 
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to rise; to go up; to climb up The path started to ascend more steeply. The air became colder as we ascended. The results, ranked in ascending order (= from the lowest to the highest) are as follows: Practise your scales ascending and descending. The road ascends steeply from the harbour. ascend from something Mist ascended from the valley. ascend to something (figurative) He ascended to the peak of sporting achievement. ascend something Her heart was thumping as she ascended the stairs. (figurative) to ascend the throne (= become king or queen) opposite descend Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin ascendere, from ad- ‘to’ + scandere ‘to climb’.
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