noun \ə-ˈsent, a-\

Definition of ASCENT

a :  the act of rising or mounting upward :  climb
b :  an upward slope or rising grade :  acclivity
c :  the degree of elevation :  inclination, gradient
:  an advance in social status or reputation :  progress
:  a going back in time or upward in order of genealogical succession

Examples of ASCENT

  1. They followed a steep ascent to the top of the hill.
  2. <our plane broke through some heavy low clouds during its ascent and leveled off once we were above them>

Origin of ASCENT

irregular from ascend
First Known Use: circa 1596


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