1. The act of ascending. A motion upwards.
    He made a tedious ascent of Mont Blanc.
  2. The way or means by which one ascends.
    There is a difficult northern ascent from Malaucene of Mont Ventoux.
  3. An eminence, hill, or high place.
  4. The degree of elevation of an object, or the angle it makes with a horizontal line; inclination; rising grade.
    The road has an ascent of 5 degrees.
  5. The ascender height in a typeface.
  6. An increase, for example in popularity or hierarchy

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