descend from

phrasal verb

descended from; descending from; descends from
: to have (something or someone in the past) as an origin or source
Recent evidence supports the theory that birds descended from dinosaurs.
The plants descend from a common ancestor.
They claim to be descended from a noble British family.

Examples of descend from in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The attackers descended from the steep mountains that tower over Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan in the early morning hours. Rick Noack, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2023 But really, none of the whales around today were closely related or descended from Old Tom. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 9 Nov. 2023 Members of New York City’s old guard—then known as Knickerbockers, as they were descended from the island’s original Dutch settlers who used to wear knickerbocker-style pants—had secured their boxes back in the 1850s. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 30 Oct. 2023 Copeland descends from the Haskells’ son Roger, while John is a descendant of their son William IV, making Matthew and Cox 11th cousins once removed. Nicole Briese, Peoplemag, 29 Oct. 2023 All this impressiveness descended from extremely humble beginnings. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Oct. 2023 Ramer, a redhead with a mustache, is descended from Mennonite pacifists on both sides of his family. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 2 Nov. 2023 Many are descended from Palestinians who were left living within the borders of Israel after the country was established in 1948. Chantal Da Silva, NBC News, 19 Oct. 2023 Recommended The sprawling tree is beloved, towering more than 60 feet and spanning nearly an acre with aerial roots descending from its boughs. Ed Komenda and Audrey McAvoy, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Oct. 2023 See More

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“Descend from.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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