Etymology
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ascension (n.)

c. 1300, "ascent of Christ from earth into Heaven in the presence of his disciples on the 40th day after the Resurrection," from Latin ascensionem (nominative ascensio) "a rising," noun of action from past-participle stem of ascendere "to mount, ascend, go up" (see ascend). Astronomical sense is recorded late 14c.; meaning "action of ascending" is from 1590s. Related: Ascensional.

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Definitions of ascension
1
ascension (n.)
a movement upward;
Synonyms: rise / rising / ascent
ascension (n.)
(astronomy) the rising of a star above the horizon;
ascension (n.)
the act of changing location in an upward direction;
Synonyms: rise / ascent / ascending
2
Ascension (n.)
(Christianity) celebration of the Ascension of Christ into heaven; observed on the 40th day after Easter;
Synonyms: Ascension Day / Ascension of the Lord
Ascension (n.)
(New Testament) the rising of the body of Jesus into heaven on the 40th day after his Resurrection;
Synonyms: Ascension of Christ
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