Learner's definition of ASCENT
1 : the act or process of ascending: such asa : the act or process of rising, moving, or climbing up— usually singular
b : the act or process of moving to a higher or more powerful position— usually singular
Fifty years ago, he made the first successful ascent of the mountain. [=he was the first person to climb the mountain]
The climbers completed their ascent to the mountain on a rainy morning in April.
The old elevator began its slow ascent to the top floor.
The plane made a steep ascent to 30,000 feet.
the ascent and decline [=the rise and fall] of the world's great civilizations
the new government's gradual/rapid ascent to power
She began her ascent up the corporate ladder as a secretary. [=she started working as a secretary and gradually improved her career in business]
2 : a way of going up something: an upward slope, path, etc.