ascend, go up

(verb) travel up; “We ascended the mountain”; “go up a ladder”; “The mountaineers slowly ascended the steep slope”

ascend, move up, rise

(verb) move to a better position in life or to a better job; “She ascended from a life of poverty to one of great renown”

rise, come up, uprise, ascend

(verb) come up, of celestial bodies; “The sun also rises”; “The sun uprising sees the dusk night fled...”; “Jupiter ascends”


(verb) slope upwards; “The path ascended to the top of the hill”


(verb) go along towards (a river’s) source; “The boat ascended the Delaware”


(verb) become king or queen; “She ascended to the throne after the King’s death”


(verb) go back in order of genealogical succession; “Inheritance may not ascend linearly”

Source: WordNet® 3.1



ascend (third-person singular simple present ascends, present participle ascending, simple past and past participle ascended)

(intransitive) To move upward, to fly, to soar.

(intransitive) To slope in an upward direction.

(transitive) To go up.

(transitive) To succeed.

(intransitive, figurative) To rise; to become higher, more noble, etc.

To trace, search or go backwards temporally (e.g, through records, genealogies, routes, etc.).

(transitive, music) To become higher in pitch.


• descend


• Dances, dances, decans, descan

Source: Wiktionary

As*cend", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Ascended; p. pr. & vb. n. Ascending.] Etym: [L. ascendere; ad + scandere to climb, mount. See Scan.]

1. To move upward; to mount; to go up; to rise; -- opposed to Ant: descend. Higher yet that star ascends. Bowring. I ascend unto my father and your father. John xx. 17.

Note: Formerly used with up. The smoke of it ascended up to heaven. Addison.

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.


– To rise; mount; climb; scale; soar; tower.

As*cend", v. t.

Definition: To go or move upward upon or along; to climb; to mount; to go up the top of; as, to ascend a hill, a ladder, a tree, a river, a throne.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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In the 18th century, the Swedish government made coffee and its paraphernalia (including cups and dishes) illegal for its supposed ties to rebellious sentiment.

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