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descend

des·cend

descend

 
pronunciation:
dih send
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: descended, descending, descends
definition 1: to move downward or to a lower position.
The airplane is beginning to descend now.
synonyms:
drop, fall, lower
antonyms:
ascend, climb, lift, mount, rise
similar words:
dive, go down, gravitate, land, plunge, set, sink, stoop, submerge, subside
definition 2: to incline downward; slope.
This path descends to the ocean.
synonyms:
decline, dip, fall off, slope
antonyms:
ascend
similar words:
angle, incline, plunge, slant, subside
definition 3: to be passed along by inheritance, as from one generation to the next.
This will ensure that the property will descend to your heirs.
synonyms:
inherit, pass
definition 4: to be related by blood, esp. through several generations.
My family descends from one of the great clans of Scotland.
synonyms:
derive
similar words:
arise, originate, relate, spring
definition 5: to attack or overwhelm, as with superior numbers.
Armed guerrillas descended upon the army base.Screaming fans suddenly descended upon the movie star.
synonyms:
pounce, swoop
similar words:
attack, charge, invade, raid, rush
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to move to a lower position on or by means of.
He quickly descended the stairs.
See a movie for this meaning
 
synonyms:
lower, sink
antonyms:
ascend, mount
similar words:
dip, dive, land, stoop
definition 2: to lead downward along.
The ski slope descends the southern face of the mountain.
synonyms:
decline, slope
antonyms:
ascend
similar words:
angle, slant
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Word Parts
The word descend contains the following parts:
scen, scend Latin root that means climb