Definition of descend
1 : to pass from a higher place or level to a lower one descended from the platform
2 : to pass in discussion from what is logically prior or more comprehensive descends from the general to the specific
3a : to originate or come from an ancestral stock or source : derive descends from an old merchant familyb : to pass by inheritance a desk that has descended in the familyc : to pass by transmission songs descended from old ballads
4 : to incline, lead, or extend downward the road descends to the river
5a : to swoop or pounce down (as in a sudden attack) a hawk descending upon its preyb : to appear suddenly and often disconcertingly as if from above reporters descended on the candidate
6 : to proceed in a sequence or gradation from higher to lower or from more remote to nearer or more recent Their scores were listed in descending order.
7a : to lower oneself in status or dignity : stoopb : to worsen and sink in condition or estimation He descended into a deep depression. descended to poverty descend into chaos
1 : to pass, move, or climb down or down along descending the staircase
descendibleplay \-ˈsen-də-bəl\ adjective
Examples of descend in a Sentence
Wait for the elevator to descend.
The workers descended into the hole.
A herd of goats descended into the valley.
The airplane will descend to a lower altitude soon.
Descending the mountain was even more dangerous than climbing it.
The children descended the staircase silently.
The path descends to the river.
The stairs descended into the tunnel.
Recent Examples of descend from the Web
Their heads of state -- the kings and queens of Sweden, Denmark and Norway, as well as Iceland’s president -- will descend upon Helsinki on Thursday to celebrate the centenary and rub elbows.
Shark panic descended on most of the Eastern Seaboard.
Egypt has carried out airstrikes in Libya occasionally since the neighboring country descended into factional fighting after the 2011 civil war, which ousted Moammar Gaddafi.
As Verona descends into mournful chaos, Rosaline is ordered, along with Romeo's cousin Benvolio, to make a politically motivated sacrifice.
Season Three of The Leftovers premiered on Easter Sunday and will have its finale on Pentecost, the Christian holiday that celebrates when the Holy Spirit descended onto his disciples and followers.
The government, with the support of a 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping mission, has been trying to calm the country that descended into sectarian fighting in 2013 when Muslim rebels overthrew the Christian president.
Aneta Regel, a Polish sculptor who makes simplified animal forms encrusted with bright colored glazes that seem descended from African Baule, is another talent worth watching.
Every Memorial Day, a massive invasion force descends on the island of Manhattan.
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DESCEND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of descend for English Language Learners
: to go down : to go or move from a higher to a lower place or level
: to slope or lead downward
: to go or change to a worse state or condition
DESCEND Defined for Kids
Definition of descend for Students
1 : to come or go down from a higher place or level to a lower one The elevator descended.
2 : to move down or down along Descending the cliff was dangerous.
3 : to slope or lead downward The road descends to the valley.
4 : to come down from an earlier time The custom descends from ancient times.
5 : to come down from a source or ancestor : derive Many words descend from Latin.
6 : to be handed down to an heir
7 : to arrive from or as if from the sky Locusts descended on the crops. Holiday shoppers descended on the mall.
8 : to sink in dignity or respectability : stoop I never thought they would descend to cheating.
Word Root of descend
The Latin word scandere, meaning “to climb,” gives us the root scend. Words from the Latin scandere have something to do with climbing. To ascend is to climb upward. To descend is to climb downward. To transcend is to rise above or climb over something's limits.
Medical Definition of descend
: to pass from a higher place or level to a lower one normally the testicle descends into the scrotum between the seventh and ninth month in utero—Therapeutic Notes
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