- 1to 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: Practice your scales ascending and descending. ascend from something Mist ascended from the valley. ascend to something
- 2(figurative) He ascended to the peak of sports achievement. ascend something Her heart was thumping as she ascended the stairs.
- 3(figurative) to ascend the throne (= become king or queen) opposite descend
NAmE//əˈsɛnd//[intransitive, transitive] (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ascend
he / she / it ascends
past simple ascended
-ing form ascending