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  1. an act of ascending; upward movement; a rising movement: the ascent of a balloon.
  2. 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.
  3. the act of climbing or traveling up: Three climbers attempted the ascent of Mount Rainier.
  4. the way or means of ascending; upward slope; acclivity.
  5. a movement or return toward a source or beginning.
  6. the degree of inclination; gradient: a steep ascent.
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Origin of ascent

1590–1600; derivative of ascend, on the model of descent
Related formsre·as·cent, noun
Can be confusedascent assent consent
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Related Words

ascension, ascendance, climb, rise, lift, rising, spring, mounting, ascending, scaling, acclivity, incline, grade, ramp, gradient, clambering

Examples from the Web for ascent

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Historical Examples

  • For hours it seemed that every ascent, every descent, must mark the end.

  • They were near the crown of the ascent, and he could carry her as far as that!

    Salted With Fire

    George MacDonald

  • The descent was as laborious as the ascent had been, and much more dangerous.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • The ascent was perilous at any hour to any foot save that of a mountaineer.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • There appeared to be no ascent the one way or the other, and no slope on either side.

British Dictionary definitions for ascent


  1. the act of ascending; climb or upward movementthe ascent of hot gases
  2. an upward slope; incline or gradient
  3. 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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