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Physical ActionPlay
Use 'ascent' to describe physical movements upwards, not just any rise. SlideThe mountaineers prepared for the final ascent.
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Not Always LiteralPlay
'Ascent' can also refer to non-physical rises, like an increase in sound pitch. SlideThe melody took an unexpected ascent.
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Challenging ConnotationPlay
Often implies a struggle or effort, as climbing typically requires. SlideTheir ascent to the summit was fraught with obstacles.