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Formed from ascend on the model of descend/descent.


  • IPA(key): /əˈsɛnt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛnt
  • Homophone: assent
  • Hyphenation: as‧cent


ascent (countable and uncountable, plural ascents)

  1. The act of ascending; a motion upwards.
    He made a tedious ascent of Mont Blanc.
  2. The way or means by which one ascends.
    There is a difficult northern ascent from Malaucene of Mont Ventoux.
  3. An eminence, hill, or high place.
  4. The degree of elevation of an object, or the angle it makes with a horizontal line; inclination; rising grade.
    The road has an ascent of 5 degrees.
  5. (typography) The ascender height in a typeface.
  6. An increase, for example in popularity or hierarchy
    • 22 March 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Hunger Games[1]
      That such a safe adaptation could come of The Hunger Games speaks more to the trilogy’s commercial ascent than the book’s actual content, which is audacious and savvy in its dark calculations.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for ascent in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)