ascent

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noun as·cent \ə-ˈsent, a-\

Definition of ascent

  1. 1 a :  the act of rising or mounting upward :  climb b :  an upward slope or rising grade :  acclivity c :  the degree of elevation :  inclination, gradient

  2. 2 :  an advance in social status or reputation :  progress

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

Examples of ascent in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of ascent

irregular from ascend


First Known Use: circa 1596


ASCENT Defined for Kids

ascent

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noun as·cent \ə-ˈsent\

Definition of ascent for Students

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

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

  3. 3 :  an upward slope or path



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