Definition of in the ascendant in US English:

in the ascendant

phrase

  • Rising in power or influence.

    ‘the reformers are in the ascendant’
    • ‘The politics section gets the most heated - sometimes it seems the right is in the ascendent, sometimes the left - but there's also some excellent news you might not get elsewhere.’
    • ‘Attendance at religious services rose; vocations increased; the credibility of the Irish Church and its leaders was in the ascendant as never before.’
    • ‘The novel is a literary-critical battleground (with the feminists probably slightly in the ascendant at the moment).’
    • ‘Are they now in the ascendant within the republican movement?’
    • ‘I leave the company in the ascendant, reporting a successful financial year,’ Mihailov said.’
    • ‘Once again, the Zulu nation is in the ascendant.’
    • ‘Consequently, the more romantic vision of community design emanating from the New Urbanists is in the ascendant.’
    • ‘Its president is consolidating power, its security services are in the ascendant, and its own businessmen are afraid to invest in its future.’
    • ‘When a star dies early, their career still in the ascendant, the tendency is to eulogise them for their unfulfilled potential.’
    • ‘By that time electronic telegraph was in the ascendent, and would grow to supplant the European semaphore networks.’
    • ‘Because historians are human beings, and most human beings are moved deeply by the Israel-Palestine conflict, the romantic school has recently been in the ascendant, at least in popular histories.’
    • ‘My call will not be very long, but I do point out to this House that the number of incidents of female prison officers getting involved with prisoners is in the ascendant.’
    • ‘Tories had already suffered losses in the Irish general election of 1713, at a time when the party was still in the ascendant in England.’
    • ‘Trafalgar is won; the British navy is in the ascendant.’
    • ‘At a time when absolutism, both in theory and in practice, seemed to be in the ascendant in the Western world, the importance of this transformation should not be underestimated.’
    • ‘Part of it is also because he is on the party's liberal wing at a time when the right is in the ascendant.’
    • ‘It is especially important to remember this now, when Faith is once more in the ascendant and Reason seems to be losing ground daily.’
    • ‘Many of these architects are already in the ascendant with a small but growing body of work behind them.’
    • ‘With Choiseul gone, the devout party was in the ascendant and d' Aiguillon's appointment to the ministry imminent.’
    • ‘With the chancellor in the ascendant, the trade minister will be hoping for a promotion.’