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ascend

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ascend

 
 
pronunciation:
send
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: ascended, ascending, ascends
definition 1: to go upward; climb; rise.
The airplane ascended above the clouds.
synonyms:
climb, rise
antonyms:
descend, fall
similar words:
arise, balloon, clamber, escalate, fly, levitate, lift, mount, move up, scale, soar, tower, uprise
definition 2: to slant or slope upward.
This tangent ascends at a forty-five degree angle.
synonyms:
climb
antonyms:
descend
similar words:
incline, lean, slant, slope, tilt
definition 3: to move towards a higher rank or position.
She ascended to the throne upon the death of her father, the king.
synonyms:
climb, get ahead, rise
antonyms:
sink
similar words:
accede, advance
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to go up on or along; climb or rise on.
He ascended the staircase.The notes ascended the musical scale.
synonyms:
climb, go up, mount, move up
antonyms:
descend
similar words:
scale, shin, shinny up, surmount
definition 2: to be elevated to.
Soon the prince will ascend the throne as king.
similar words:
accede to, inherit
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