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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.


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