Meaning of ascend

as•cend

Pronunciation: (u-send'), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to move, climb, or go upward; mount; rise: The airplane ascended into the clouds.
  2. to slant upward.
  3. to rise to a higher point, rank, or degree; proceed from an inferior to a superior degree or level: to ascend to the presidency.
  4. to go toward the source or beginning; go back in time.
  5. to rise in pitch; pass from any tone to a higher one.
—v.t.
  1. to go or move upward upon or along; climb; mount: to ascend a lookout tower; to ascend stairs.
  2. to gain or succeed to; acquire: to ascend the throne.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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