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descend

des·cend

descend

 
 
pronunciation:
dih send
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part of speech: verb
inflections: descended, descending, descends
definition 1: to move downward or to a lower position.
The airplane is beginning to descend now.An angel descended from the heavens.
synonyms:
drop, fall, lower
antonyms:
ascend, climb, lift, mount, rise
similar words:
dive, land, plunge, set, sink, stoop, submerge, subside
definition 2: to be related by blood through several generations.
He descends from African kings.
synonyms:
derive
similar words:
arise, originate, relate
definition 3: to be passed along by inheritance, as from one generation to the next.
This gold watch was my great grandfather's, and it will descend to me someday.
definition 4: to move to a lower position on or by means of.
He descended the stairs.
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synonyms:
lower, sink
antonyms:
ascend, mount
similar words:
dip, dive, land, stoop
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