• To move upward, to fly, to soar.
  • To slope in an upward direction.
  • To go up.
  • To succeed.
  • To rise; to become higher, more noble, etc.
  • To trace, search or go backwards temporally (e.g., through records, genealogies, routes, etc.).
  • To become higher in pitch.


Opposite words


  • From Middle English ascenden, borrowed from Old French ascendre, from Latin ascendō ("to go up, climb up to"), from ad + scandō; see scan. Unrelated to accede other than common ad prefix.

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