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. See More
Recent Examples on the WebThis past January a film crew led by writer/director Brock Heasley and producer Ken Carpenter descended upon Birmingham, Alabama, to create a one of a kind film called The Shift.—Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, 12 Sep. 2023 When the story opens, the girl has just snuck out of the Jamestown fort—the inhabitants have descended into cannibalism—and run away from her employers.—Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic, 12 Sep. 2023 Last month Burr Ridge residents descended on the village board meeting, protesting Costco.—Jesse Wright, Chicago Tribune, 12 Sep. 2023 One thing Roberts and his players have echoed this week: The need to block out all the distractions that have quickly descended upon their campaign, and rediscover top form between now and October.—Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2023 New York Fashion Week has descended upon us once again, sending the fashion capital into a flurry with an abundance of runways, street style, and—of course—after-parties.—Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Sep. 2023 Chinese carmakers are descending on Europe’s premier car show this week in such large numbers, the German media is reaching a state of near existential angst.—Bychristiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 5 Sep. 2023 That’s why fans from all over the globe descended on East Rutherford’s MetLife Stadium on Aug. 30, Sept. 1, and Sept. 3.—Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 4 Sep. 2023 In the clip, directed by Michael Vincent, Leray descends into shimmering blue water and emerges, mermaid-like, coated in glitter.—Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 30 Aug. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French descendre, from Latin descendere, from de- + scandere to climb — more at scan