Definitions of ascend

  1. go back in order of genealogical succession; " Inheritance may not ascend linearly"
  2. travel up, " We ascended the mountain"; " go up a ladder"; " The mountaineers slowly ascended the steep slope"
  3. come up, of celestial bodies; " The sun also rises"; " The sun uprising sees the dusk night fled..."; " Jupiter ascends"
  4. slope upwards; " The path ascended to the top of the hill"
  5. go along towards ( a river's) source; " The boat ascended the Delaware"
  6. become king or queen; " She ascended to the throne after the King's death"
  7. 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.; as, our inquiries ascend to the remotest antiquity; to ascend to our first progenitor.
  8. To go or move upward upon or along; to climb; to mount; to go up the top of; as, to ascend a hill, a ladder, a tree, a river, a throne.
  9. To move upward; to mount; to go up; to rise; - opposed to descend.
  10. To take an upward direction; mount; go up; rise; to proceed from an inferior to a superior position.
  11. To move upward upon; climb; go toward the source of; as, to ascend a river.
  12. To climb or mount up: to rise: to go backwards in the order of time.
  13. To climb or go up on.
  14. To mount upward; to rise.
  15. To climb up anything.
  16. To rise; to mount up; to proceed from an inferior to a superior degree; to go backwards in the order of time; to rise to a more acute note.
  17. To mount; to go up; to rise.

Usage examples for ascend

  1. He allowed them to come up to the second turn, he allowed the leader to ascend the last straight flight until he was almost within sword- reach, and then he quietly rose to his feet. – Clementina by A.E.W. Mason
  2. But we spoke of it much with hope and wonder, and made up our minds that we would at once ascend this mountain. – Ayesha The Further History of She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed by H. Rider Haggard
  3. There was a little water in the creek leading from the hill I had at first intended to ascend, to the S. W., which was no doubt a branch of the main creek. – Expedition into Central Australia by Charles Sturt
  4. At the foot of the stairs they encountered two girls about to ascend. – Marjorie Dean College Freshman by Pauline Lester
  5. And this is the sure way to ascend to heaven. – The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning by Hugh Binning
  6. May the storms which now darken our horizon, have long been past when you shall ascend the throne of your fathers! – Marie Antoinette And Her Son by Louise Muhlbach Official
  7. A strait pair of stairs are like that ladder by which men ascend to the gallows; they are the turning ones that lead us to the heavenly mansion- houses. – The Works of John Bunyan Volume 3 by John Bunyan
  8. He, like them, was waiting for the moment when he should ascend the pulpit steps. – The Scarlet Feather by Houghton Townley
  9. Therefore we should not look upon the head spring of our salvation in the Son but rather ascend up to the Father, whose love and wisdom did frame all this. – The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning by Hugh Binning
  10. Gurdon stood, looking down the lift shaft, until he saw that the cage was once more beginning to ascend. – The Mystery of the Four Fingers by Fred M. White
  11. He only beckoned still more wildly for me to ascend. – An American Girl Abroad by Adeline Trafton
  12. Soon afterwards we arrived at the foot of the hill, and prepared to ascend it. – The Coral Island by R.M. Ballantyne
  13. At last one of the number suggested that they should ascend the roof and climb down the wide flue of the chimney. – Taken Alive by E. P. Roe
  14. The minister did not ascend the pulpit. – Prisoners of Conscience by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  15. But he could not reach the ring before he saw his wife and child ascend. – The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians by Henry R. Schoolcraft
  16. It was necessary, therefore, to turn back and ascend by the gangway Winifred was making for, behind Needle Point, which did not project so far into the sea. – Aylwin by Theodore Watts-Dunton
  17. Give me your hand, I will help you to ascend! – The Ice-Maiden: and Other Tales. by Hans Christian Andersen
  18. One may enter the grounds and, in the company of a concierge, ascend to the platform of this lone tower, whence a wonderful view of the broad " ruban lumineux" of the Loire spreads itself out as if fluttering in the wind, northward and southward, as far as the eye can reach. – Castles and Chateaux of Old Touraine and the Loire Country by Francis Miltoun
  19. When he had bestowed him in the ore hoist, and was about to ascend by the chain, Allonby laughed. – A Damaged Reputation by Harold Bindloss