ascend


ascend
ascend 1 *rise, arise, mount, soar, tower, rocket, levitate, surge
Analogous words: elevate, raise, rear, *lift: *advance, progress
Antonyms: descend
2 Ascend, mount, climb, scale mean to move upward to or toward a summit.
Ascend is the most colorless of these terms, for it implies little more than progressive upward movement
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ascend a mountain

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the car rapidly ascended the steep grade

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It may be specifically used of movement along a river in the direction of its source
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the Amazon can be ascended by seagoing ships 2300 miles

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Mount usually implies getting up on something above the level of the ground and is therefore preferred to ascend in some collocations; thus, one mounts or less commonly ascends a platform or a scaffold but one may ascend or mount a throne while one invariably mounts a horse.
Climb usually suggests effort and ascent by the use of various means (as the hands and feet or gears or extra power)
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[climb a tree

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climb the social ladder

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to climb steep hills requires slow pace at first— Shak.

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Scale adds to climb not only the suggestion of progression by steps but that of great difficulty; it is referable therefore to feats of climbing
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scale a wall

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a ladder quaintly made of cords . . . would serve to scale another Hero’s tower— Shak.

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Antonyms: descend

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