Meaning of ASCENT in English

ASCENT

/ əˈsent; NAmE / noun

1.

[ 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.

OPP descent

2.

[ 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.

OPP descent

3.

[ U ] ( formal ) the process of moving forward to a better position or of making progress :

man's ascent to civilization

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WORD ORIGIN

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.