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Difference Between Assent and Ascent

Homophones are words having similar spelling (or) pronunciation but with different meanings.


Here, Assent and Ascent form a pair of Homophones. Let’s move on to find out the difference between the two.

What does assent mean?

▪ to agree or to accept

  1. The suggestion was greeted with a whisper of assent.
  2. She nodded her assent to the proposal.
  3. She is by common assent, the best person for the job.
  4. I can assent to this, but not that.
  5. The Parliament gave its assent to wage war.

What does ascent mean?

▪ moving upward

  1. His rapid ascent in the social scale was surprising.
  2. The last part of the ascent is very steep.

▪ to climb from a lower to a higher state, degree, grade, status, or advancement

  1. The ascent had taken 4 hours!
  2. The cart began its gradual ascent up the hill.
  3. His ascent to power was rapid and unexpected.
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