as·​cent | \ ə-ˈsent How to pronounce ascent (audio) , 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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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 on the Web Andy Miah, a professor and chair in science communication and future media at the University of Salford, in the U.K., credits Zoom fatigue during the COVID-19 era as contributing to Clubhouse’s ascent. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 9 Sep. 2021 Foreign aid accounts for some 40 percent of Afghanistan’s gross domestic product; the country’s currency, the afghani, has tumbled since the Taliban’s ascent. Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2021 This rapid ascent is based, in-part, on leveraging surging demand for cryptocurrency derivative products, such as futures and options, that let investors trade on the price of an asset such as Bitcoin without actually touching it. Steven Ehrlich, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Officials blamed the rapid ascent in such a short period of time on the volume of travel, according to the BBC. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Aug. 2021 From there, the workplace machinations ratchet up, with Alex’s return threatening Bradley’s ascent. Kate Aurthur, Variety, 23 Aug. 2021 The roots of the conflict can be traced to last November, when Mr. Abiy ordered a military offensive against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, onetime rebels who led Ethiopia with an iron fist from 1991 until Mr. Abiy’s ascent in 2018. New York Times, 22 Aug. 2021 Epstein’s ascent aligns with an uptick in irreligion across the US and at Harvard over the past several decades., 27 Aug. 2021 The Taliban’s ascent now poses risks to Iran, which has faced waves of refugees in previous Afghan civil wars and the threat of extremist Sunni terrorist groups that oppose its Shia brand of Islam. Ian Talley, WSJ, 25 Aug. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ascent

: the act or process of rising, moving, or climbing up
: the act or process of moving to a higher or more powerful position
: a way of going up something : an upward slope, path, etc.


as·​cent | \ ə-ˈsent How to pronounce ascent (audio) \

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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