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descend

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Definition move or slope downward

or:

come from a higher or prior level in a hierarchy — as a person from an ancestor

or:

come or arrive — especially from above — such as night or darkness

In addition to referencing a change in physical position, descend is often used metaphorically. For example, to "descend into poverty" is to move to a lower or less good condition.

Similarly, descend can reference moving down a hierarchy or developing from something in the past — as in "She descended from royalty".  To "descend from a discussion of mammals to a discussion of rodents" is to move down the hierarchy of animal classifications.

More rarely, descend can mean "to arrive" — especially when many arrive suddenly — as in "Thieves descended upon us."
  • We saw the rocket descend.
descend = move or slope downward

or:

come from a higher or prior level in a hierarchy — as a person from an ancestor

or:

come or arrive — especially from above — such as night or darkness
  • The path descends to the bottom of the mountain.
  • descends = moves or slopes downward
  • despair descended upon us
  • descend into poverty
  • Ah, to descend, to descend into that pit of darkness
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • She was descended from an old Italian noble family
  • for he will take nothing with him when he dies, his splendor will not descend with him.
    Psalm 49:17 (NIV)
  • After descending about eighty feet, I got back on reasonably solid ground.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • descending = moving downward
  • With Jordan's slender golden arm resting in mine, we descended the steps and sauntered about the garden.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • descended = moved down
  • Stillness descended on them.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • descended = arrived
  • At first we saw nothing but a kudzu-covered front porch, but a closer inspection revealed an arc of water descending from the leaves and splashing in the yellow circle of the street light, some ten feet from source to earth, it seemed to us.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • descending = moving downward
  • The following day experts descended like buzzards, recovering Missy's remains and bagging the sheet along with whatever else they could find.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • descended = came or arrived
  • He went to the window, and saw that the moon was descending through a clear sky.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • descending = moving downward
  • A metal ladder descends to the sand.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • descends = goes downward
  • He descended through the dark with her.
    David Almond  --  Kit's Wilderness
  • descended = moved downward
  • To see me now, Thomasin, gives you no idea of what I have been; of what depths I have descended to in these few last days.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • descended = moved to a lower or less good condition
  • Then he descended the steps of the Temple
    Kahlil Gibran  --  The Prophet
  • descended = moved downward on
  • I'm too bright for most men, and yet I have to descend to their level and let them patronize my intellect in order to get their attention.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • descend = move downward
  • They had descended two more floors when another set of quiet joined theirs.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • descended = moved downward
  • Collis took his arm and they descended the steps.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
descended = moved downward on

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