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Definition of descend verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they descend
    he / she / it descends
    past simple descended
    -ing form descending
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] (formal) to come or go down from a higher to a lower level The plane began to descend. The results, ranked in descending order (= from the highest to the lowest) are as follows: descend something She descended the stairs slowly. opposite ascend
  2. 2[intransitive] (formal) (of a hill, etc.) to slope downward At this point the path descends steeply. opposite ascend
  3. 3[intransitive] (literary) (of night, darkness, a mood, etc.) to arrive and begin to affect someone or something synonym fall Night descends quickly in the tropics. descend on/upon somebody/something Calm descended on the crowd.
  4. Phrasal Verbsbe descended from somebodydescend into somethingdescend on/upon somebody/somethingdescend to something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: descend