Definition of ascent
1a : the act of rising or mounting upward : climb completed their ascent of the mountainb : an upward slope or rising grade : acclivity followed the steep ascent to the top of the hillc : 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
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
Recent Examples of ascent from the Web
Aru powered away from Froome and other top riders with a burst of acceleration on the sharp ascent to the Planche des Belles Filles ski station and clung on to the finish.
One remaining possibility is that America might threaten to shoot down North Korean missiles in their boost or ascent phase.
Over 4,200 ultra-marathoners applied to run in this 44th annual race over a torturous course that includes 18,000 feet of ascent and 23,000 feet of descent.
Despite all of these trials, Caldwell went on to receive a Piolet d’Or (mountaineering’s highest award) for ascents in Patagonia.
This scene describes the daily wake-up call for professional rock climber Tommy Caldwell during his seven years of working on the world’s hardest climb — the Dawn Wall — which culminated in his 2015 ascent.
Honnold trained in the United States, China, Europe and Morocco in preparation for the ascent.
President Donald Trump’s pullback from a global climate pact could accelerate China’s unlikely ascent toward leadership in stemming global warming and promoting green technology, and on global matters far removed from the environment.
The other surveillance videos depict the driver's entrance and exit through the parking garage gates, and his ascent up the spiraling parking garage ramp in what appears to be a black Mercedes sedan.
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Origin and Etymology of ascent
irregular from ascend
First Known Use: 1581See Words from the same year
ASCENT Defined for Kids
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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