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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)
  • 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
  • Down goes Veruca! Down the drain!
    And here, perhaps, we should explain
    That she will meet, as she descends,
    A rather different set of friends
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • descends = moves downward
  • They cross to R. steps, increasing speed, descend steps into theatre aisle and run off in an increasing blaze of light.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • descend = move down
  • they were descending the steps leading to the cavern.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • descending = moving downward
  • The road descended through a jungle of...
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
descended = sloped downward

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