Ascend As*cend", v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Ascended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ascending}.] [L. ascendere; ad + scandere to climb, mount. See {Scan}.] 1. To move upward; to mount; to go up; to rise; -- opposed to {descend}. [1913 Webster]

Higher yet that star ascends. --Bowring. [1913 Webster]

I ascend unto my father and your father. --John xx. 17. [1913 Webster]

Note: Formerly used with up. [1913 Webster]

The smoke of it ascended up to heaven. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To rise; mount; climb; scale; soar; tower. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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