verb (used without object)
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ASSENT VS. ASCENT
What's the difference between assent and ascent?
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. Ascent is a noun that means the act of moving upward (ascending), an upward movement, or upward movement in general.
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 assent involve agreement or disagreement and end with -sent, including consent and dissent.
Words related to ascent involve movement and are spelled with sc, including ascend, ascension, descent, descend, and transcend.
Here’s an example of assent and ascent 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.
Want to learn more? Read the full breakdown of the difference between assent and ascent.
Quiz yourself on assent vs. ascent!
Should assent or ascent be used in the following sentence?
The balloon’s _____ into the air was slowed by all the weight attached to it.
Example sentences from the Web for assent
At the very least Obama does have to get congressional assent in the near future.
There was a ripple of assent in the crowd as the word spread.
CEO Mark Thompson for his advice on how she should broach the subject with Baquet and try to get his assent.Fired New York Times Editor Jill Abramson Blitzes the Media|Lloyd Grove|July 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The crowd of political newcomers, and former Labour and Conservative voters roared their assent.Is Britain’s Tea Party Turning Politics Upside Down?|Nico Hines|April 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The crowd on the floor responded with a half-hearted murmur of assent.Egypt’s Government Thugs Beat Me Up at the Rabaa Sit-In|Mike Giglio|August 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The stout brigadier grunted an assent and rolled monumentally down the Avenue.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
The nod of assent was given, and the permission put in force with hearty good will.
Danton insisted that they must overlook the massacres, and give at least an implied assent to their necessity.Madame Roland, Makers of History|John S. C. Abbott
Many, therefore, who did not assent to all that the King had said, joined in a loud hum of approbation when he concluded.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
The doctor made a sound of sorrowful assent, as if much struck; then said, "you don't mean he has never been there since?"The Daisy Chain|Charlotte Yonge