in the ascendant

in the ascendant

Gaining in status, power, influence, or rank; on the rise. With nationalist extremism in the ascendant again, many are worried that the divisiveness in the country is going to get worse before it gets better. While the team was in the ascendant during the 1980s, its manager was quietly securing a spot for himself in the league's administration.

in the ascendant

rising in power or influence.
This expression has been in figurative use since the late 16th century. Literally, in technical astrological use, an ascendant is the sign of the zodiac that is just rising above the eastern horizon at a particular moment.
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Dennis Waterman has been missing from our screens for a few years now, but he recently popped up in the hit My Fair Lady and it looks like his star is in the ascendant again.
The twisted minds behind Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots appear at the Academy in Birmingham with their star very much in the ascendant.
iRise for IBM Lotus Connections will be demonstrated at the upcoming Lotusphere Conference in Orlando, FL from January 18th through January 21st in the Ascendant booth (#727).
Traditionally, the pop music and entertainment sector has been highly dependent on the pop music industry and particularly on the extent to which celebrities with `teen appeal' are in the ascendant.