If you are moving in an upward direction, that's an ascent, like your quick ascent from new group member last year to president this year.

An ascent, which comes from the Latin word ascendere, meaning "to climb up," is just that: a climb. An ascent can be physical, like an elevator's journey to the top floor, an airplane's upward motion, or your hike up a mountain. Ascent can also be a figurative climb, like a restaurant's dishwasher's whose hard work made his ascent to executive chef possible.

Definitions of ascent
  1. noun
    a movement upward
    synonyms: ascension, rise, rising
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    a movement downward
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    climb, climbing, mounting
    an event that involves rising to a higher point (as in altitude or temperature or intensity etc.)
    elevation, lift, raising
    the event of something being raised upward
    heave, heaving
    an upward movement (especially a rhythmical rising and falling)
    the initial ascent of a rocket from its launching pad
    rapid climb, rapid growth, zoom
    a rapid rise
    the initial ascent of an airplane as it becomes airborne
    upheaval, uplift, upthrow, upthrust
    (geology) a rise of land to a higher elevation (as in the process of mountain building)
    the rise of something
    type of:
    change of location, travel
    a movement through space that changes the location of something
  2. noun
    the act of changing location in an upward direction
    synonyms: ascending, ascension, rise
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    the act of raising (a body) from the ground by presumably spiritualistic means
    heave, heaving
    the act of lifting something with great effort
    climb, mount
    the act of climbing something
    soar, zoom
    the act of rising upward into the air
    ascent by or as if by a ladder
    an awkward climb
    mountain climbing, mountaineering
    the activity of climbing a mountain
    rock climbing
    the sport or pastime of scaling rock masses on mountain sides (especially with the help of ropes and special equipment)
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    motion, move, movement
    the act of changing location from one place to another
  3. noun
    an upward slope or grade (as in a road)
    synonyms: acclivity, climb, raise, rise, upgrade
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    declension, declination, decline, declivity, descent, downslope, fall
    a downward slope or bend
    the upward slope of a hill
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    incline, side, slope
    an elevated geological formation
Commonly confused words

ascent / assent

Assent refers to agreement, while an ascent is a climb. Before we make our way to the top of Mount Everest, we need to make sure our guides assent to our ascent.

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