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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ascend, go upverb

    travel up, "We ascended the mountain"

    "go up a ladder"; "The mountaineers slowly ascended the steep slope"

  2. ascendverb

    go back in order of genealogical succession

    "Inheritance may not ascend linearly"

  3. ascendverb

    become king or queen

    "She ascended to the throne after the King's death"

  4. ascend, climb upverb

    appear to be moving upward, as by means of tendrils

    "the vine climbed up the side of the house"

  5. ascendverb

    go along towards (a river's) source

    "The boat ascended the Delaware"

  6. ascendverb

    slope upwards

    "The path ascended to the top of the hill"

  7. rise, come up, uprise, ascendverb

    come up, of celestial bodies

    "The sun also rises"; "The sun uprising sees the dusk night fled..."; "Jupiter ascends"

  8. ascend, move up, riseverb

    move to a better position in life or to a better job

    "She ascended from a life of poverty to one of great


  1. ascendverb

    To move upward, to fly, to soar.

    He ascended to heaven upon a cloud.

  2. ascendverb

    To slope in an upward direction.

    The road ascends the mountain.

  3. ascendverb

    To go up.

    You ascend the stairs and take a right.

  4. ascendverb

    To succeed.

    She ascended the throne when her mother abdicated.

  5. Etymology: From ascenden, from ascendere, from ad + scandere; see scan. Unrelated to accede other than common prefix.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Ascendverb

    To climb up any thing.

    They ascend the mountains, they descend the vallies. Patrick Delany, Revelation examined.

  2. To ASCENDverb

    Etymology: ascendo, Lat.

    Then to the heav’n of heav’ns shall he ascend
    With victory, triumphing through the air
    Over his foes and thine. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xii.

    By these steps we shall ascend to more just ideas of the glory of Jesus Christ, who is intimately united to God, and is one with him. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.

    The only incest was in the ascending, not collateral or descending branch; as when parents and children married, this was accounted incest. , Notes on the Odyssey.



    ASCEND is an open source, mathematical modelling chemical process modelling system developed at Carnegie Mellon University since late 1978. ASCEND is an acronym which stands for Advanced System for Computations in Engineering Design. Its main uses have been in the field of chemical process modelling although its capabilities are general.ASCEND includes nonlinear algebraic solvers, differential/algebraic equation solvers, nonlinear optimization and modelling of multi-region 'conditional models'. Its matrix operations are supported by an efficient sparse matrix solver called mtx. ASCEND differs from earlier modelling systems because it separates the solving strategy from model building. So domain experts (people writing the models) and computational engineers (people writing the solver code) can work separately in developing ASCEND. Together with a number of other early modelling tools, its architecture helped to inspire newer languages such as Modelica. It was recognised for its flexible use of variables and parameters, which it always treats as solvable, if desiredThe software remains as an active open-source software project, and has been part of the Google Summer of Code programme in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 (under the Python Software Foundation) and has been accepted for the 2015 programme as well.


  1. ascend

    Ascend generally refers to the act of moving, going, or growing upward, increasing or rising to a higher level, rank, or position. It can also refer to climbing or moving uphill or upstream. In a broader sense, it can be used to describe a positive progression or improvement in various fields like career, social status, spirituality, etc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ascendverb

    to move upward; to mount; to go up; to rise; -- opposed to descend

  2. Ascendverb

    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

  3. Ascendverb

    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


  1. Ascend

    Ascend is the sixth studio album by guitarist Greg Howe, released on May 4, 1999 through Shrapnel Records. According to Howe, this is his least favourite album due in part to creative differences which arose with keyboardist Vitalij Kuprij during the making of the latter's 1997 album High Definition. The fifth track, "La Villa Strangiato", is a cover of an instrumental by progressive rock band Rush, from their 1978 album Hemispheres.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ascend

    as-send′, v.i. to climb or mount up: to rise, literally or figuratively: to go backwards in the order of time.—v.t. to climb or go up on: to mount.—adjs. Ascend′able, Ascend′ible.—Ascending rhythm, in prosody, a rhythm in which the arsis follows the thesis, as an iambic or anapæstic rhythm: opposed to descending rhythms, as the trochaic and dactylic. [L. ascendĕre, ascensumad, and scandĕre, to climb.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ascend in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ascend in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of ascend in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    How do we allow people to ascend the ladder of opportunity rather than how do we give them everything and keep them dependent?

  2. Yvonne Padmos:

    I'd rather ascend mountains on repeat, with a home encircled by eagles, than dwell among city gazes, witnessing gossip and indifference towards fellow humans. For humans construct mountains, complicating lives, whereas a real mountain is simpler for me to conquer.

  3. Brad Smith:

    Alys and I are committed to the success of Ascend WV and Ascend WV ability to leverage West Virginia's outdoor assets to attract fresh talent, cultivate dynamic communities and continue to fuel the entrepreneurial and innovative thinking that are hallmarks of the state.

  4. Shah Asad Rizvi:

    Only when there is absolute submission can the soul ascend through dance

  5. Carly Fiorina:

    I hear lots of people say that maybe it's time for America to elect a woman, if America is going to elect a woman, we need a woman who could actually have the qualifications to ascend to the presidency. A woman that the American people can trust, a woman that American people can believe in, and guess what there's only woman for president that meets that criteria, and that woman is a Republican.

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    (used of persons) bound to a tract of land; hence their service is transferable from owner to owner
    A adscripted
    B unsealed
    C contiguous
    D eminent

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