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
- 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
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)