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  • 1 Descend — De*scend , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Descended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Descending}.] [F. descendre, L. descendere, descensum; de + scandere to climb. See {Scan}.] 1. To pass from a higher to a lower place; to move downwards; to come or go down in any way,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 descend — ► VERB 1) move down or downwards. 2) slope or lead downwards. 3) (descend to) lower oneself to commit (a shameful act). 4) (descend on) make a sudden attack on or unwelcome visit to. 5) (be descended from) be a blood relative of (an a …

    English terms dictionary

  • 3 descend — c.1300, from O.Fr. descendre (10c.) descend, dismount; fall into; originate in, from L. descendere come down, descend, sink, from de down (see DE (Cf. de )) + scandere to climb, from PIE root *skand jump (see SCAN (Cf …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 descend — [v1] move down, lower a cascade, cataract, cave in*, coast, collapse, crash, crouch, decline, deplane, detrain, dip, disembark, dismount, dive, dribble*, drop, fall, fall prostrate, get down, get off, go down, gravitate, ground, incline, light,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 Descend — De*scend , v. t. To go down upon or along; to pass from a higher to a lower part of; as, they descended the river in boats; to descend a ladder. [1913 Webster] But never tears his cheek descended. Byron. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 descend — de·scend /di send/ vi: to pass by inheritance de·scen·di·bil·i·ty / ˌsen də bi lə tē/ n de·scend·ible / sen də bəl/ adj Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 descend on — index attack Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 descend — descend, dismount, alight mean to get or come down from a height. One descends when one climbs down a slope (as of a hill or mountain), a ladder, a step, a stair, a wall, or a tree; one dismounts when one gets down from a horse or from a bicycle… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 descend — [dē send′, disend′] vi. [ME descenden < OFr descendre < L descendere, to climb down, fall < de , down + scandere, to climb < ? IE base * skend , * skand , to leap > Gr skandalon (> SCANDAL), Sans Skandati, (he) leaps] 1. to move …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 descend — de|scend [dıˈsend] v [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: descendre, from Latin scandere to climb ] 1.) [I and T] formal to move from a higher level to a lower one ≠ ↑ascend ▪ Our plane started to descend. ▪ I heard his footsteps descending… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 descend — verb 1 (I, T) formal to move from a higher level to a lower one: The plane started to descend. (+ from): He descended slowly from the railway carriage. | descend sth: Mrs Danvers descended the stairs. opposite ascend 2 (I) literary if darkness,… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 descend to — des ˈcend to [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they descend to he/she/it descends to present participle descending to past tense descended to …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 13 descend — v. 1) (d; intr.) to descend from ( to come down from ) (do you know from whom you are descended?) 2) (d; intr.) ( to swoop down ) to descend on, upon (the guerrillas descended on the village) 3) (d; intr.) ( to stoop ) to descend to (to descend… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14 descend — de|scend [ dı send ] verb ** 1. ) intransitive or transitive FORMAL to go down a mountain or slope, or to go downstairs: I descended into the valley. He slowly descended the stairs. a ) intransitive to come nearer to the ground: The airplane was… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 descend */*/ — UK [dɪˈsend] / US verb Word forms descend : present tense I/you/we/they descend he/she/it descends present participle descending past tense descended past participle descended 1) [intransitive/transitive] formal to go down a mountain or slope, or …

    English dictionary

  • 16 descend — verb 1 move downwards ADVERB ▪ quickly, rapidly ▪ slowly ▪ carefully 2 lead downwards ADVERB ▪ steeply …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 17 descend — [[t]dɪse̱nd[/t]] descends, descending, descended 1) VERB If you descend or if you descend a staircase, you move downwards from a higher to a lower level. [FORMAL] [V prep] Things are cooler and more damp as we descend to the cellar... [V n] She… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 descend — 01. We [descended] the staircase to the wine cellar. 02. H. L. Mencken once remarked that it is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has [descended] from man. 03. A feeling of tension [descended] on the party after the argument. 04 …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 19 descend on — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms descend on : present tense I/you/we/they descend on he/she/it descends on present participle descending on past tense descended on past participle descended on a) descend on someone/something if people descend …

    English dictionary

  • 20 descend to — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms descend to : present tense I/you/we/they descend to he/she/it descends to present participle descending to past tense descended to past participle descended to descend to (doing) something to start behaving in …

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