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Definition of ascend verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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