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Definition of ascent noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, usually singular] 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. opposite descent
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] an upward path or slope At the other side of the valley was a steep ascent to the top of the hill. opposite descent
  3. 3[uncountable] (formal) the process of moving forward to a better position or of making progress man's ascent to civilization
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