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Assent or Ascent (or Accent?)

Assent, ascent or accent?

When to use assent, ascent and accent

The differences between assent, ascent and accent:

Assent may be a noun or a verb: the former refers to an “official agreement to or approval of something”; the latter means “to agree to a request, an idea or a suggestion”.

Ascent is a noun (the verb form is ascend) that refers to “the act of climbing or moving up; a journey that goes up something”. For example, “the first ascent of Mount Everest” is the correct context.

An accent describes the way people pronounce words in different languages or regions in the world. As in, he has a strong southern Scottish accent.

There were murmurs of both assent and dissent from the crowd.

The cart began its gradual ascent up the hill.

It was a fine performance from Diaz, despite her poor Irish accent.

“Assent” / “ascent”, used in sentences

Examples: “assent” used in sentences
Nobody would assent to the terms they proposed.
Examples: “ascent” used in sentences
The cart began its gradual ascent up the hill.
The rocket steepened its ascent.
At the other side of the valley was a steep ascent to the top of the hill.

Assent, synonyms

  • acknowledgment
  • acquiescence
  • concurrence
  • consent
  • concurrence
  • consent

Ascent, synonyms

  • ascendance
  • ascension
  • climb

Word origin (of assent/ascent)

c. 1300, “agree to, approve;” late 14c. “admit as true,” from Old French assentir “agree; get used to” (12c.), from Latin assentare/adsentare, frequentative of assentire “agree with, approve”.

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  1. Oxford Learner’s Dictionary on “assent” and “ascent”. Accessed 7 April, 2024.
  2. Harper, Douglas. “Etymology of assent and ascent.” Online Etymology Dictionary, Accessed 7 April, 2024.

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