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Definition of descend:

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

Synonyms:

patch up, deign, arrive, wane, come in, come down on, devolve, make out, issue forth, climb down, return, hail, decay, disembark, go under, flow, do, get down, typify, characterize, go down, pitch, come down to, draw in, penetrate, resolve, adjudicate, diminish, kin, crash, settle down, boil down, climbing wall, square off, deteriorate, rot, total, crater, nail down, make up, get off, crumble, issue, steady down, stoop, shrink, patronize, amount, climber, spring, plump, dawn, deduce, number, deduct, root, caving, dip, come down, conciliate, canyoneering, pass, ascend, better, rise, trip, patronise, reduce, dismount, settle, alight, stumble, sicken, accrue, feature, degenerate, retrograde, finalise, precipitate, climb, locate, decrease, fare, base camp, shine, ascent, get, occur, abseil, determine, square up, nose-dive, sunset, hang, sunrise, climbing, get along, twilight, slope, derive, educe, gravitate, represent, add up, swoop, atrophy, ebb, lower oneself, subside, break, draw out, infer, submerge, regress, finalize, get back, night falls, worsen, close in, dwindle, lose your balance/footing, dive, skid, embody, epitomize, reconcile, take root, decide, define, condescend, light, gain, ensconce, come up, step down, lessen, fall, come, enter into, strike, set, exemplify.

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