descend

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[de┬Ěscend]

In its simplest sense, descend means to go or move downward, but there are a couple of subtle variations on this theme. Yes, a bird can descend from the sky, but also, humans are descended from prehistoric ancestors.

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To pass from a higher to a lower place; to move downwards; to come or go down in any way, as by falling, flowing, walking, etc.; to plunge; to fall; to incline downward; -- the opposite of ascend.

Verb
come as if by falling; "Night fell"; "Silence fell"

Verb
move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way; "The temperature is going down"; "The barometer is falling"; "The curtain fell on the diva"; "Her hand went up and then fell again"

Verb
do something that one considers to be below one''s dignity

Verb
come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example; "She was descended from an old Italian noble family"; "he comes from humble origins"


v. i.
To pass from a higher to a lower place; to move downwards; to come or go down in any way, as by falling, flowing, walking, etc.; to plunge; to fall; to incline downward; -- the opposite of ascend.

v. i.
To enter mentally; to retire.

v. i.
To make an attack, or incursion, as if from a vantage ground; to come suddenly and with violence; -- with on or upon.

v. i.
To come down to a lower, less fortunate, humbler, less virtuous, or worse, state or station; to lower or abase one's self; as, he descended from his high estate.

v. i.
To pass from the more general or important to the particular or less important matters to be considered.

v. i.
To come down, as from a source, original, or stock; to be derived; to proceed by generation or by transmission; to fall or pass by inheritance; as, the beggar may descend from a prince; a crown descends to the heir.

v. i.
To move toward the south, or to the southward.

v. i.
To fall in pitch; to pass from a higher to a lower tone.

v. t.
To go down upon or along; to pass from a higher to a lower part of; as, they descended the river in boats; to descend a ladder.


Descend

De*scend" , v. i. [imp. & p. p. Descended; p. pr. & vb. n. Descending.] [F. descendre, L. descendere, descensum; de- + scandere to climb. See Scan.] 1. To pass from a higher to a lower place; to move downwards; to come or go down in any way, as by falling, flowing, walking, etc.; to plunge; to fall; to incline downward; -- the opposite of ascend.
The rain descended, and the floods came.
We will here descend to matters of later date.
2. To enter mentally; to retire. [Poetic]
[He] with holiest meditations fed, Into himself descended.
3. To make an attack, or incursion, as if from a vantage ground; to come suddenly and with violence; -- with on or upon.
And on the suitors let thy wrath descend.
4. To come down to a lower, less fortunate, humbler, less virtuous, or worse, state or station; to lower or abase one's self; as, he descended from his high estate. 5. To pass from the more general or important to the particular or less important matters to be considered. 6. To come down, as from a source, original, or stock; to be derived; to proceed by generation or by transmission; to fall or pass by inheritance; as, the beggar may descend from a prince; a crown descends to the heir. 7. (Anat.) To move toward the south, or to the southward. 8. (Mus.) To fall in pitch; to pass from a higher to a lower tone.

Descend

De*scend" , v. t. To go down upon or along; to pass from a higher to a lower part of; as, they descended the river in boats; to descend a ladder.
But never tears his cheek descended.

To pass from a higher to a lower place; to move downwards; to come or go down in any way, as by falling, flowing, walking, etc.; to plunge; to fall; to incline downward; -- the opposite of ascend.

To go down upon or along; to pass from a higher to a lower part of; as, they descended the river in boats; to descend a ladder.

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Usage Examples

Fear not, we are of the nature of the lion, and cannot descend to the destruction of mice and such small beasts.

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