ascent

[ uh-sent ]
/ əˈsɛnt /

noun

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.

Origin of ascent

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

OTHER WORDS FROM ascent

re·as·cent, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ascent

ascent assent consent
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British Dictionary definitions for ascent

ascent
/ (əˈsɛnt) /

noun

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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