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ascent

[uh-sent] /əˈsɛnt/
noun
1.
an act of ascending; upward movement; a rising movement:
the ascent of a balloon.
2.
movement upward from a lower to a higher state, degree, grade, or status; advancement:
His ascent to the governorship came after a long political career.
3.
the act of climbing or traveling up:
Three climbers attempted the ascent of Mount Rainier.
4.
the way or means of ascending; upward slope; acclivity.
5.
a movement or return toward a source or beginning.
6.
the degree of inclination; gradient:
a steep ascent.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; derivative of ascend, on the model of descent
Related forms
reascent, noun
Can be confused
ascent, assent, consent.
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British Dictionary definitions for ascents

ascent

/əˈsɛnt/
noun
1.
the act of ascending; climb or upward movement: the ascent of hot gases
2.
an upward slope; incline or gradient
3.
movement back through time, as in tracing of earlier generations (esp in the phrase line of ascent)
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Word Origin and History for ascents

ascent

n.

c.1610, "action of ascending," from ascend on model of descend/descent; "climbing" sense is from 1753.

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