Meaning of ASCENT in English
/ əˈsent; NAmE / noun
[ C , usually sing. ] the act of climbing or moving up; an upward journey :
the first ascent of Mount Everest
The cart began its gradual ascent up the hill.
The rocket steepened its ascent.
[ C , usually sing. ] an upward path or slope :
At the other side of the valley was a steep ascent to the top of the hill.
[ U ] ( formal ) the process of moving forward to a better position or of making progress :
man's ascent to civilization
late 16th cent.: from ascend , on the pattern of the pair of descend , descent .
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005