ascend - definition and synonyms

verb formal 

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present tense
present participleascending
past tenseascended
past participleascended
  1. 1
    [transitive] to climb a mountain, stairs etc
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to rise into the air
    2. b.
      [intransitive] if a road, path, or set of stairs ascends, it goes up
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to get a more important job or position

    Through hard work and perseverance, she ascended through the ranks to become vice president.