ascent

noun
as·cent | \ə-ˈsent, a-\

Definition of ascent 

1a : the act of rising or mounting upward : climb completed their ascent of the mountain

b : an upward slope or rising grade : acclivity followed the steep ascent to the top of the hill

c : the degree of elevation : inclination, gradient

2 : an advance in social status or reputation : progress their ascent from the lower class to the middle class

3 : a going back in time or upward in order of genealogical succession

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Synonyms & Antonyms for ascent

Synonyms

ascension, climb, rise, rising, soar

Antonyms

descent, dip, dive, drop, fall, nosedive, plunge

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Examples of ascent in a Sentence

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

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But that was long before the political ascent of Chris Murphy and Walker Stapleton. Neil Vigdor, courant.com, "College Suitemates: Chris Murphy And Walker Stapleton, GOP Nominee For Colorado Governor," 29 June 2018 First, former executive editor Jill Abramson blasted the paper for not tracking the ascent of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who pulled off a shock victory in a New York primary on Tuesday. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "SCOTUS Vacancy, Becky Hammon, Google's Diane Greene: Broadsheet June 28," 28 June 2018 Armando Lacasa, an attorney, lobbyist and former city commissioner whose rise to prominence paralleled the ascent of Miami's Cuban exile community, died Tuesday night in his Pinecrest home after a long battle with heart disease. David Smiley, miamiherald, "Ex-Miami commissioner Armando Lacasa represented exiles, was political commentator," 27 June 2018 The explosive ascent of mobile payment in China means the stakes are high. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, "China Tech Giants’ Costly Wars to Go Cashless," 14 June 2018 The pair, who were reportedly training for a speed ascent of the Salathe Wall route on El Capitan, were approaching a feature called Mammoth Terraces at 8:15 a.m. on the last and easiest of the 10 pitches on Freeblast when the accident happened. Peter Fimrite, The Seattle Times, "Witness describes death plunge of two Yosemite climbers," 11 June 2018 The pair, who were reportedly training for a speed ascent of the Salathe Wall route on El Capitan, were approaching a feature called Mammoth Terraces at 8:15 a.m. on the last and easiest of the 10 pitches on Freeblast when the accident happened. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "Witness to death plunge of 2 climbers on El Capitan describes horrific final moments," 10 June 2018 That last item is exactly what outdoor athletes, who burn through energy at rapid-fire pace, need to fuel all those runs, rides, and ascents. Michael Easter, Outside Online, "Costco Is a Performance Athlete's Dream," 31 May 2018 Once in flight, the pilots take care to make slighter turns and shallower ascents than in standard trips, to avoid bothering the horses. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "Triple Crown bound? See Justify fly from Churchill Downs to Preakness," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of ascent

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ascent

irregular from ascend

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ascent

noun
as·cent | \ə-ˈsent \

Kids Definition of ascent

1 : the act of rising or climbing upward The hikers began their ascent of the mountain.

2 : the act of rising to a higher or more powerful position

3 : an upward slope or path

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