Definition of ascent in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈsent/


1A climb or walk to the summit of a mountain or hill: the first ascent of the Matterhorn the routes of ascent can be retraced
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  • It was he who first taught me that the ascent of mountains was an act of mystery, a way in to the greatest perplexities of human place in the land.
  • The fact that the route over the mountain began with the ascent of the steepest face, and that this was the route of frequent steeplechases, was not coincidental.
  • For people in the prime of their youth - and with perfect sight - the ascent of the mountain can be a demanding and dangerous business.
climb, scaling, conquest
1.1An upward slope or path: the ascent grew steeper
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  • Luckily when you are on the ascent the path cleverly twists and turns over the one-step streams to make the going reasonable, avoiding the worst.
  • Keep going, however, and an ascent up sloping bedrock will be found at the end on the right.
  • This was a long, challenging day with groups climbing either Number 4 Gully or Ledge Route rather than the easier ascent by the tourist path.
(upward) slope, incline, rise, upward gradient, inclination
2 [in singular] An instance of rising through the air: the first balloon ascent was in 1783
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  • In July 1925 Friedmann made a record-breaking ascent in a balloon to 7400 metres to make meteorological and medical observations.
  • Wind measurements were performed every 4 h by tracking the ascent of a pilot balloon by radar.
  • As the balloon continued its ascent, propelled by the heat from the flames, gas tanks inside the balloon ignited and caused an explosion.
rise, climb, launch, takeoff, liftoff, blastoff
2.1 [in singular] A rise to an important position or a higher level: his ascent to power
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  • There has, however, been an unexpected twist to the tale that may serve as a warning for other successful entrepreneurs dreaming of a swift ascent to celebrity land through the magic door of television.
  • Her ascent to the presidentship of the Kerala Electricity Board Employees Confederation had attracted attention not least because of the controversy it led to.
  • His ascent to his current post would be because Secretary Rice has confidence is his ability and character, not because he is a stalking horse for the Democrats.


Late 16th century: from ascend, on the pattern of the pair of descend, descent.

Words that rhyme with ascent

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Syllabification: as·cent

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