ascent

noun as·cent \ ə-ˈsent , a- \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of ascent

1 a : 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

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

Recent Examples of ascent from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of ascent

irregular from ascend


ASCENT Defined for Kids

ascent

noun as·cent \ ə-ˈsent \

Definition of ascent for Students

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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