Definition for AS-CEND'

AS-CEND', v.i. [L. ascendo, from scando, to mount or climb; W. esgyn, to rise; cyn, first, chief. It has the same elements as begin.]

  1. To move upwards; to mount; to go up; to rise, whether in air or water, or upon a material object.
  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, &c.
  3. To proceed from modern to ancient times; to recur to former ages; as, our inquiries ascend to the remotest antiquity.
  4. In a corresponding sense, to proceed in a line towards ancestors; as, to ascend to our first progenitors.
  5. To rise as a star; to proceed or come above the horizon.
  6. In music, to rise in vocal utterance; to pass from any note to one more acute.

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