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/ əˈsɛnt /


an act of ascending; upward movement; a rising movement: the ascent of a balloon.
movement upward from a lower to a higher state, degree, grade, or status; advancement: His ascent to the governorship came after a long political career.
the act of climbing or traveling up: Three climbers attempted the ascent of Mount Rainier.
the way or means of ascending; upward slope; acclivity.
a movement or return toward a source or beginning.
the degree of inclination; gradient: a steep ascent.

Nearby words

  1. ascension,
  2. ascension day,
  3. ascensionist,
  4. ascensiontide,
  5. ascensive,
  6. ascertain,
  7. ascertainable,
  8. ascesis,
  9. ascetic,
  10. asceticism

Origin of ascent

1590–1600; derivative of ascend, on the model of descent

Related formsre·as·cent, noun

Can be confusedascent assent consent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ascent


/ (əˈsɛnt) /


the act of ascending; climb or upward movementthe ascent of hot gases
an upward slope; incline or gradient
movement back through time, as in tracing of earlier generations (esp in the phrase line of ascent)
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Word Origin and History for ascent



c.1610, "action of ascending," from ascend on model of descend/descent; "climbing" sense is from 1753.

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