Ascent vs. assent

Ascent means (1) the act of rising or moving upward or (2) an upward slope. It’s the opposite of descent. Assent means agreement or acquiescence. Assent may also be used as a verb meaning to agree. When you give your assent to something, you assent to it. Ascent‘s corresponding verb is ascend.


He stuck his finger into a jar of red ink and left an imprint signifying his assent. [New York Times]

There has been no stopping the ascent of Alexa Chung’s well-documented style. [Telegraph]

The speaker praised BP’s decision to assent to demands that they create an account in escrow to pay out claims it faces as a result of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. [The Hill]

The Benders have made a dizzying ascent into indie stardom since their exodus East. [San Francisco Chronicle]

New laws only come into force once they have been assented to by the president and published in the Government Gazette. [Independent Online]

1 thought on “Ascent vs. assent”

  1. How about “assent to” vs. “assent?” I saw an article that said, “Harper Lee is capable of assenting the book’s release.” Should it be “assenting TO the book’s release?” Or is it okay as is?


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