Definition of ascent in English:



  • 1usually in singular A climb or walk to the summit of a mountain or hill.

    ‘the first ascent of the Matterhorn’
    • ‘Its ascent makes a good introduction to the hill walking game and provides a fairly stiff afternoon's walk with the reward of extensive views from the summit on a good day.’
    • ‘But his latest trip had been the experience of a lifetime, he said, with highs and lows to match any Himalayan mountain ascent.’
    • ‘Despite that, the most straightforward route of ascent is on this side of the hill.’
    • ‘She couldn't help giggling as they began their ascent up a huge hill.’
    • ‘It involves negotiating mountainous routes through snow and the ice of glaciers as well as the ascent of rock routes in a glaciated environment.’
    • ‘Staying in climbing huts along the route, her group of 52 walkers began the ascent through terrain which ranged from desert to Arctic-like conditions.’
    • ‘You should therefore avoid a quick ascent and take time to acclimatise to the mountains' oxygen challenged air.’
    • ‘The scenery in all directions is particularly spectacular - it is often the case that the ascent of a smaller hill gives the best views of its larger neighbours.’
    • ‘Three of North America's best climbers spent two days making the first ascent of this same route 20 years previously.’
    • ‘Bear right through the gate off the main path and begin the steep, steep ascent directly to the summit.’
    • ‘The long and easy ascent of the hill is rewarded by extensive views in all directions from the summit.’
    • ‘One Scot ran past me on my ascent of the highest mountain in Britain.’
    • ‘It took two days and a night, and involved the ascent of two mountains and an evening descent upon a rotten glacier.’
    • ‘For people in the prime of their youth - and with perfect sight - the ascent of the mountain can be a demanding and dangerous business.’
    • ‘They had left the hamlet and circled to the far side of the hill before beginning their ascent, threading their way through rocks and scrub to the wood straddling the crest.’
    • ‘Elizabeth, in her riding habit, is about to begin her ascent up the mountain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We'll end our journey in triumph with the ascent of Ben Nevis, Scotland's highest mountain.’
    • ‘It also includes an overnight ascent of Mount Sinai to watch the sunrise over the mountains, a breathtaking experience well worth the three-hour walk up.’
    • ‘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.’
    climb, scaling, conquest, scramble, clamber, trek
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    1. 1.1 An upward slope or path that one may walk or climb.
      ‘the ascent grew steeper’
      • ‘In another sixty or seventy yards the tunnel would begin a final ascent to its exit on the western side of the arroyo where Axler's men would be waiting with their transport.’
      • ‘After the first hour or so of gentle ascent through a lava flow the climb steepens.’
      • ‘Small, pale brown leaves covered the ground, and the tortured mesquite trunks twisted and cracked on their upward ascent.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We got to the first landing, the ascent upwards being a series of long curves and short straights, when I heard Rafferty's voice calling on us to wait up.’
      • ‘Now the 27 year old from Pamplona is hitting the steepest part of the ascent, and gritting his teeth as the road ramps up.’
      • ‘The stress of the situation must have driven her to push hard in the race, as she rode strongly and powered up the final ascent to win the race.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's a six-hour undertaking with a 700m ascent along paths hewed into near-vertical mountainside.’
      slope, upward slope, incline, ramp, rise, bank, tilt, slant, upward gradient, inclination, acclivity
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  • 2usually in singular An instance of rising or moving up through the air.

    ‘the first balloon ascent was in 1783’
    • ‘In July 1925 Friedmann made a record-breaking ascent in a balloon to 7400 metres to make meteorological and medical observations.’
    • ‘Ariane 44L carries four large liquid strap-on boosters to augment the launcher's thrust at liftoff and during the initial ascent.’
    • ‘The rapid ascent to high altitudes strained the silk beyond the tolerance limit.’
    • ‘As the balloon began its historic ascent, someone nearby questioned the usefulness of this new invention.’
    • ‘Gaston, our pilot, checks two gauges - the variometer measures the balloon's rate of ascent or descent.’
    • ‘It ascended slowly and without sound, maintaining constant ascent and flight path towards the center of Manhattan.’
    • ‘Data produced by these balloon ascents result in data that is applied to the guns, improving accuracy of fire.’
    • ‘Both heart rate and wingbeat frequency were significantly higher during ascent than later in the flight.’
    • ‘At the end of its ascent, the balloon bursts from the lack of air pressure in near space.’
    • ‘Whether or not he gets back in one piece depends very much on a successful take-off and ascent to a relatively calm cruising altitude of up to 45,000 ft.’
    • ‘As flight director, Mr Noble, who attended Burnley Grammar School and took up ballooning in 1974, was to mastermind the ascent and ensure the pilots return safely to earth.’
    • ‘For example, after the shuttle has entered orbit, the cargo bay doors open to help release much of the pent-up heat created during liftoff and ascent.’
    • ‘No need for rockets, ramjets, or other propulsive technologies, and the ascent to orbit can be made in a far more benign, safe environment than within a rocket.’
    • ‘Flames licked out of the exhaust as the plane lifted off the runway and began the ascent, and as the noise faded into the distance it seemed to get even more intense.’
    • ‘May 20, 1910, was one of a series of days on which weather observations were collected from coordinated balloon ascents all over Europe.’
    • ‘As the balloon continued its ascent, propelled by the heat from the flames, gas tanks inside the balloon ignited and caused an explosion.’
    • ‘In the time remaining, and amid much giggling, we inflated our balloons, ready for the ascent.’
    • ‘Wind measurements were performed every 4 h by tracking the ascent of a pilot balloon by radar.’
    • ‘A gutsy group of Ukrainians has made the world's first underground balloon ascent in a disused coal mine in Doneck.’
    • ‘An hour or two before launch the guidance software that controls the vehicle's ascent is loaded.’
    rise, upward movement, take-off, lift-off, launch, blast-off, climb, levitation, soaring
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    1. 2.1 A rise to a higher social or professional rank.
      ‘his ascent to power’
      • ‘It is little wonder, therefore, to find that there are still ‘pinch me’ moments for the rising star, given her remarkable ascent into the limelight.’
      • ‘Mary's ascent to the throne was clouded with the actions of the Duke of Northumberland and Lady Jane Grey.’
      • ‘With the advent of the electronic media, these popular forms gained new outlets and, in the case of jazz and film, began a rapid ascent to the level of genuine art.’
      • ‘Her ascent to the presidentship of the Kerala Electricity Board Employees Confederation had attracted attention not least because of the controversy it led to.’
      • ‘We'll see if, like his brother, Stephen can feast on Indy League pitching before making a rapid ascent to the bigs.’
      • ‘It signifies the ascent to power of a new kind of American, one profoundly at odds with that older type who aspired to modesty and self-restraint.’
      • ‘The captain's story is conspicuously smooth, a vertical ascent to stardom.’
      • ‘Most people consider acne to be a consequence of being a teenager, as though it were a rite of passage marking the ascent into adulthood.’
      • ‘Gone too is the sad figure of the politician who for some years has been making the arduous ascent to political mediocrity only to find that he/she has lost on the fifth, sixth or umpteenth time.’
      • ‘Bruno restored the balance from teetering totally towards the canvas by his ascent to a brief reign as holder of a version of the world title.’
      • ‘Though Arthur was initially shocked by his ascent to the presidency, he rose to the occasion.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And fortunately, it is a story that grows ever less likely to be repeated with the ascent to the bench of increasing numbers of females.’
      • ‘He is black, and some people were quick to credit his ascent to affirmative action and his editors' desire for a more diverse reporting staff.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The modern phase of Mysore began from 1800 with the ascent to the throne of Krishnaraja Wodeyar III.’
      • ‘The broad story of Capote's ascent to literary greatness and descent into decades of writer's block in that time is well known.’
      • ‘But their ascent to this status depended largely on the processes of industrialisation, urbanisation and commodification.’
      • ‘His progressive thinking is what has led to his quick ascent to the top of the world-renowned development studio.’


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