The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ascend \As*cend"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Ascended; p. pr. & vb.
n. Ascending.] [L. ascendere; ad + scandere to climb,
mount. See Scan.]
1. To move upward; to mount; to go up; to rise; -- opposed to
Higher yet that star ascends. --Bowring.
I ascend unto my father and your father. --John xx.
Note: Formerly used with up.
The smoke of it ascended up to heaven. --Addison.
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, from modern to ancient
times, from one note to another more acute, etc.; as, our
inquiries ascend to the remotest antiquity; to ascend to
our first progenitor.
Syn: To rise; mount; climb; scale; soar; tower.