Etymology
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ascend (v.)

late 14c., "move upward," from Latin ascendere "to climb up, mount," of planets, constellations, "come over the horizon," figuratively "to rise, reach," from ad "to" (see ad-) + scandere "to climb" (see scan (v.)). Also in 15c. used with a sense "to mount (a female) for copulation." Meaning "slope upward" is from 1832. Related: Ascended; ascending. An Old English word for it was stigan.

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Definitions of ascend

ascend (v.)
travel up;
The mountaineers slowly ascended the steep slope
We ascended the mountain
Synonyms: go up
ascend (v.)
go back in order of genealogical succession;
Inheritance may not ascend linearly
ascend (v.)
become king or queen;
She ascended to the throne after the King's death
ascend (v.)
appear to be moving upward, as by means of tendrils;
Synonyms: climb up
ascend (v.)
go along towards (a river's) source;
The boat ascended the Delaware
ascend (v.)
slope upwards;
The path ascended to the top of the hill
ascend (v.)
come up, of celestial bodies;
Jupiter ascends
Synonyms: rise / come up / uprise
ascend (v.)
move to a better position in life or to a better job;
She ascended from a life of poverty to one of great renown
Synonyms: move up / rise
From wordnet.princeton.edu