as·​cent ə-ˈsent How to pronounce ascent (audio)
: the act of rising or mounting upward : climb
completed their ascent of the mountain
: an upward slope or rising grade : acclivity
followed the steep ascent to the top of the hill
: the degree of elevation : inclination, gradient
: an advance in social status or reputation : progress
their ascent from the lower class to the middle class
: 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
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Word History


irregular from ascend

First Known Use

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of ascent was in 1581

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“Ascent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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as·​cent ə-ˈsent How to pronounce ascent (audio)
: the act of rising or climbing up
began their ascent of the mountain
: an upward slope

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