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Descend meaning

descend - 10 dictionary results

  1. 1. To enter mentally; to retire.
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. To pass from the more general or important to the particular or less important matters to be considered.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. To move toward the south, or to the southward.
  6. 6. To fall in pitch; to pass from a higher to a lower tone.
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. To make an attack, or incursion, as if from a vantage ground; to come suddenly and with violence; - with on or upon.
  10. 10. To go or come down.

descend - examples of usage

  1. I will not present myself in this disguise at the front gate, but when you descend will accompany your servant, who has not discovered who I am, and takes me for one of his fellows. - "Paddy Finn", W. H. G. Kingston.
  2. He was just about to descend, when I caught sight of a bright light away to the northward. - "Paddy Finn", W. H. G. Kingston.
  3. The American took in the people in the hall with one comprehensive glance, got a ticket without a moment's delay, and jumped into a lift that was about to descend. - "The Sins of Séverac Bablon", Sax Rohmer.
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