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English definition of “ascend”

ascend

verb uk   /əˈsend/ formal us  

ascend verb (GO UP)

[I or T] to move up or climb something: They slowly ascended the steep path up the mountain. There's a long flight of steps ascending (= leading up) to the cathedral doors.

ascend verb (HIGHER POSITION)

[I] to rise to a position of higher rank: He eventually ascended to the position of chief executive.
(Definition of ascend from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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