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descend Explained

descend at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:

[dı'send]

descend at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

c.1300, from O.Fr. descendre, from L. descendere, from de- "down" + scandere "to climb," from PIE base *skand- "jump." Sense of "originate from" is c.1375. Descent is attested from c.1330; descendant "offspring" is from 1600. ///

descend at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

v [Date: 1300-1400; Language: 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 the stairs.// descend to/from/into etc// --The path continues for some way before descending to Garsdale Head.//
2 [I] literary if darkness, silence, a feeling etc descends, it becomes dark etc or you start to feel something, especially suddenly: descend on/upon/over// --Total silence descended on the room.// --An air of gloom descended over the party headquarters.//
3 in descending order (of sth): numbers, choices etc that are in descending order are arranged from the highest or most important to the lowest or least important// --The hotels are listed in descending order of price.// descend from / [descend from sb/sth] phr v//
1 be descended from sb: to be related to a person or group who lived a long time ago// --She claims to be descended from Abraham Lincoln.// --The people here are descended from the Vikings.//
2 to have developed from something that existed in the past: --ideas that descend from those of ancient philosophers// descend on/upon / [descend on/upon sb/sth] phr v// if a large number of people descend on a person or a place, they come to visit or stay, especially when they are not very welcome// --Millions of tourists descend on the area every year.// descend to [descend to sth] phr v// to behave or speak in an unpleasant way, which is not the way you usually behave// --Surely he wouldn't descend to such a mean trick?// descend to sb's level (=behave or speak as badly as someone else) // --Other people may gossip, but don't descend to their level.// ----------// HINT sense 1 // It is more usual to say go down or come down . // ----------//

déscend at French => English Of Explained:

descends

descend at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

143 Moby Thesaurus words for "descend":
advance, alight, ascend, assault, attack, back, back up, bank,
be shamed, budge, cant, careen, cascade, cataract, change,
change hands, change ownership, change place, circle, climb,
climb down, collapse, come down, come in, condescend, crash,
crash-land, decline, degenerate, deign, derogate, descend on,
devolve, dip, dip down, disimprove, disintegrate, ditch, down,
downwind, drop, drop down, drop off, ebb, fall, fall away,
fall down, fall into disrepute, fall off, flow, get down, get over,
go, go around, go down, go downhill, go round, go sideways,
go uphill, grade, gravitate, gyrate, head, incline,
incur discredit, incur disesteem, incur disgrace, invade, keel,
land, lead, lean, level off, light, list, lose altitude,
lose caste, lose countenance, lose credit, lose face, lower,
lower oneself, mount, move, move over, overshoot, pancake,
parachute, pass on, pitch, plummet, plunge, point, pounce,
pounce on, pounce upon, pour down, precipitate, progress, rain,
rake, regress, retreat, retrograde, retrogress, rise, rot, rotate,
run, settle, settle down, shelve, shift, sidle, sink, slant, slope,
soar, spin, stir, stoop, stream, subside, succeed, swag, sway,
swoop, swoop down on, swoop down upon, talk down, tend, tend to go,
tilt, tip, touch down, travel, trend downward, uprise, upwind,
vouchsafe, wane, whirl, worsen

descend at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[V] (Decrease): decrease, diminish, lessen, abridge, shorten, shrink, contract, drop off, fall off, tail off, fall away, waste, wear, wane, ebb, decline, descend, subside, melt away, die away, retreat, run low, languish, decay, crumble, abate, discount, depreciate, extenuate, lower, weaken, attenuate, fritter away, mitigate, moderate, dwarf, throw into the shade, reduce, shorten, subtract.

[V] (Descent): descend, go down, drop, fall, gravitate, slip, slide, settle, plunge, plummet, crash, decline, sink, droop, slump, precipitate, let fall, tumble, trip.

[ADJ] (Descent): descending, falling, dropping, drooping, plummetting, plunging, declining, deciduous.

descend at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

verb
1 (formal) to come or go down from a higher to a lower level:
[V] The plane began to descend. * The results, ranked in descending order (= from the highest to the lowest) are as follows: * [VN] She descended the stairs slowly.
OPP ASCEND
2 [V] (formal) (of a hill, etc.) to slope downwards:
At this point the path descends steeply.
OPP ASCEND
3 [V] ~ (on / upon sb/sth) (literary) (of night, darkness, a mood, etc.) to arrive and begin to affect sb/sth
SYN FALL:
Night descends quickly in the tropics. * Calm descended on the crowd.
PHRASAL VERBS
be descended from sb to be related to sb who lived a long time ago:
He claims to be descended from a Spanish prince.
descend into sth [no passive] (formal) to gradually get into a bad state:
The country was descending into chaos.
descend on / upon sb/sth to visit sb/sth in large numbers, sometimes unexpectedly:
Hundreds of football fans descended on the city.
descend to sth [no passive] to do sth that makes people stop respecting you:
They descended to the level of personal insults.

Descend at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

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, as by falling, flowing,
walking, etc.; to plunge; to fall; to incline downward; --
the opposite of ascend.

The rain descended, and the floods came. --Matt.
vii. 25.

We will here descend to matters of later date.
--Fuller.

2. To enter mentally; to retire. [Poetic]

[He] with holiest meditations fed, Into himself
descended. --Milton.

3. To make an attack, or incursion, as if from a vantage
ground; to come suddenly and with violence; -- with on or
upon.

And on the suitors let thy wrath descend. --Pope.

4. To come down to a lower, less fortunate, humbler, less
virtuous, or worse, state or station; to lower or abase
one's self; as, he descended from his high estate.

5. To pass from the more general or important to the
particular or less important matters to be considered.

6. To come down, as from a source, original, or stock; to be
derived; to proceed by generation or by transmission; to
fall or pass by inheritance; as, the beggar may descend
from a prince; a crown descends to the heir.

7. (Anat.) To move toward the south, or to the southward.

8. (Mus.) To fall in pitch; to pass from a higher to a lower
tone.

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.

But never tears his cheek descended. --Byron.

descend at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

descend
v 1: move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way;
"The temperature is going down"; "The barometer is
falling"; "The curtain fell on the diva"; "Her hand went
up and then fell again" [syn: {fall}, {go down}, {come
down}] [ant: {rise}, {ascend}]
2: come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for
example; "She was descended from an old Italian noble
family"; "he comes from humble origins" [syn: {derive}, {come}]
3: do something that one considers to be below one's dignity
[syn: {condescend}, {deign}]
4: come as if by falling; "Night fell"; "Silence fell" [syn: {fall},
{settle}]

descend at English (WD) Of Explained:

==English==
Inter: Webster 191 » 3

Etymology

From Inter: etyl » enm Inter: term » decenden, from Inter: etyl » fro Inter: term » descendre, from Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » descendere, past participle Inter: term » descensus||to come down, go down, fall, sink, from Inter: term » de-||down + Inter: term » scandere||to climb. See scan, scandent. Compare ascend, condescend, transcend.

Pronunciation

* Inter: IPA » /dɪˈsɛnd/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-descend.ogg|Audio (US)

    Verb

    Inter: en-ver » b


  • Inter: intransitiv » e To pass from a higher to a lower place; to move downwards; to come or go down in any way, as by falling, flowing, walking, etc.; to plunge; to fall; to incline downward
    1. : The rain descended, and the floods came. Matthew vii. 25.
    2. : We will here descend to matters of later date. Fuller.
    3. Inter: intransitiv » e To enter mentally; to retire. Poetic
    4. : He with holiest meditations fed, Into himself descended. Category: w - :John Milton|John Milton.
    5. Inter: intransitiv » e To make an attack, or incursion, as if from a vantage ground; to come suddenly and with violence; -- with on or upon.
    6. : And on the suitors let thy wrath descend. Category: w - :Alexander Pope|Alexander Pope.
    7. Inter: intransitiv » e To come down to a lower, less fortunate, humbler, less virtuous, or worse, state or station; to lower or abase one's self; as, he descended from his high estate.
    8. Inter: intransitiv » e To pass from the more general or important to the particular or less important matters to be considered.
    9. Inter: intransitiv » e To come down, as from a source, original, or stock; to be derived; to proceed by generation or by transmission; to fall or pass by inheritance; as, the beggar may descend from a prince; a crown descends to the heir.
    10. Inter: intransitive » anatomy To move toward the south, or to the southward.
    11. Inter: intransitive » music To fall in pitch; to pass from a higher to a lower tone.
    12. Inter: transitiv » e 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.
    13. : But never tears his cheek descended. Category: w - :Byron|Byron.

      Synonyms

      * go down

      Antonyms

      * ascend

  • go up

    Derived terms

    * descender

    Related terms

    * descent

    Translations

    Inter: trans-top » to pass from a higher to a lower place
  • Aromanian: Inter: t- » rup|dipun, Inter: t- » rup|versu
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|слизам|tr=slizam|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t- » bg|спускам се|tr=spuskam se|sc=Cyrl
  • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|descendir
  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|sestoupit
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|afdalen
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|laskeutua
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|descendre
  • Friulian: Inter: tø » fur|dismontâ
  • Inter: trreq » Georgian

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|κατεβαίνω|tr=katevaíno
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|scendere
    • Occitan: Inter: t+ » oc|davalar, Inter: t- » oc|descénder, Inter: t- » oc|descendre
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|descer, Inter: t+ » pt|descender, Inter: t+ » pt|baixar
    • Romanian: Inter: t+ » ro|coborî
    • Serbo-Croatian: Inter: t- » sh|sići|alt=sȋći Inter: pf » ., Inter: t- » sh|silaziti|alt=sìlaziti Inter: imp » f, Inter: t- » sh|spustiti|alt=spùstiti se Inter: pf » ., Inter: t- » sh|spuštati|alt=spúštati se Inter: imp » f
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|descender, Inter: t+ » es|bajar
    • Inter: trreq » Turkish


    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to proceed by generation or transmission
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|произлизам|tr=proizlizam|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t- » bg|предавам се по наследство|tr=predavam se po nasledstvo|sc=Cyrl
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|afstammen
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|periytyä, Inter: t- » fi|polveutua


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Romanian: Inter: t+ » ro|descinde, Inter: t- » ro|proveni
  • Serbo-Croatian:
  • : Roman: Inter: t- » sh|potjecati|alt=pòtjecati

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » To make an attack, or incursion, as if from a vantage ground
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|налитам|tr=nalitam|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t- » bg|нахвърлям се|tr=nachvărljam se|sc=Cyrl


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|laskeutua

  • Inter: trans-botto » m

    Category: Category:English terms derived from French -
    Category: Category:English terms derived from Latin -

    French

    Verb

    Inter: fr-verb-for » m
  • Inter: conjugation of » descendre||3|s|pres|ind|lang=fr

  • Translation: cy » descend
    Translation: de » descend
    Translation: et » descend
    Translation: el » descend
    Translation: fr » descend
    Translation: ko » descend
    Translation: hr » descend
    Translation: io » descend
    Translation: it » descend
    Translation: kn » descend
    Translation: li » descend
    Translation: hu » descend
    Translation: mg » descend
    Translation: ml » descend
    Translation: my » descend
    Translation: ja » descend
    Translation: pl » descend
    Translation: ru » descend
    Category: simple:descend -
    Translation: fi » descend
    Translation: sv » descend
    Translation: ta » descend
    Translation: te » descend
    Translation: vi » descend
    Translation: zh » descend