Etymology
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ascent (n.)

c. 1610, "action of rising, upward movement," from ascend on model of descend/descent. Meaning "act of climbing" is from 1753.

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Definitions of ascent

ascent (n.)
an upward slope or grade (as in a road);
Synonyms: acclivity / rise / raise / climb / upgrade
ascent (n.)
a movement upward;
Synonyms: rise / rising / ascension
ascent (n.)
the act of changing location in an upward direction;
Synonyms: rise / ascension / ascending
From wordnet.princeton.edu