OTHER WORDS FROM ascentre·as·cent, noun
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ASCENT VS. ASSENT
What's the difference between ascent and assent?
Ascent is a noun that means the act of moving upward (ascending), an upward movement, or upward movement in general. Assent can be a noun meaning agreement, as in I give my assent, or a verb meaning to agree or give in, as in I assent to your terms.
The two words are pronounced exactly the same.
Perhaps the best way to remember the difference between the two is to think about what related words mean and how they’re spelled. Words related to ascent involve movement and are spelled with sc, including ascend, ascension, descent, descend, and transcend.
Words related to assent involve agreement or disagreement and end with -sent, including consent and dissent.
Here’s an example of ascent and assent used correctly in a sentence.
Example: I asked him if he really wanted to climb the mountain, he gave his assent, and we began our ascent.
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How to use ascent in a sentence
A turbocharged, 900-cubic-centimeter, three-cylinder engine generates more than enough torque to tackle steep ascents or leave rooster tails of dirt flying in your wake.This four-wheel vehicle can seamlessly rip across the desert. Here’s how.|Stan Horaczek|September 28, 2020|Popular-Science
I was already feeling depleted by the time I veered into the woods for a trundling ascent of Vault Hill.The Eternal Magic of Van Cortlandt Park|Martin Fritz Huber|September 28, 2020|Outside Online
Stripe began its ascent to the top of the charts in 2016 and 2017 when it sat behind Dropbox with a $6 billion valuation in 2016 and around $8 billion in 2017.The highest valued company in Bessemer’s annual cloud report has defied convention by staying private|Ron Miller|September 25, 2020|TechCrunch
If you look at our game-by-game Elo ratings, the current version of the Nationals may have started its ascent comparatively earlier than last year’s did, in terms of how many games it took for the turnaround to begin.The Nationals Are Running Out Of Time|Neil Paine (firstname.lastname@example.org)|September 11, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
On Sunday, we explored the ways that the American Fringes are bubbling up to become the mainstream of tomorrow — defining the extreme ideologies at war, their sordid histories and how technology has aided their ascent.American Fringes: How the Media Makes it Worse|Nick Fouriezos|September 7, 2020|Ozy
When the young woman is ready to emerge from her weeks in hiding, she attends a ceremony marking her ascent into true womanhood.Facial Tattoos: The Tribal Female Rite in Papua New Guinea|Brandon Presser|August 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You have to take a long-term look at the ascent of something that fundamentally changes the power structure of America.Really, Dr. Carson? Obamacare Is Worse Than 9/11?|Evan Gahr|June 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In October 2006, she pioneered the first ascent of Nagpai Gusun, a 7,000-meter peak in the Khumbu region.Breaking Mount Everest’s Glass Ceiling|Amanda Padoan, Peter Zuckerman|March 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Watching Paar do his last Tonight show was almost like witnessing an ascent into clouds.From Jack to Johnny to Jay: Saying Goodbye to ‘Tonight’|Tom Shales|February 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Back then, today was supposed to be the official beginning of the slow and ineluctable ascent to the White House.How Bad Does the GOP Need Chris Christie? Really Bad.|Michael Tomasky|January 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Except for their sad errand, both Felipe and Aunt Ri would have experienced a keen delight in this ascent.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
One bookseller's shop, where books are extravagantly dear, exists in the low town, and one other in the ascent to the upper.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil|Maria Graham
It is, in fact, watery vapour drawn from the air next the surface of the ocean, and condensed in its ascent through the tube.
In its ascent the air is cooled, rarefied, and to a great extent deprived of its moisture.
My daughter is rather a good mountaineer, and Miss Stirling is just as anxious to make the ascent.The Gold Trail|Harold Bindloss