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English verb: descend

1. descend (motion) move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way


SamplesThe temperature is going down.
The barometer is falling.
The curtain fell on the diva.
Her hand went up and then fell again.


ExamplesThe airplane is sure to descend


Synonymscome down, fall, go down


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel


Narrower (hyponym)abseil, alight, avalanche, cascade, cascade down, climb down, correct, crash, decline, dismount, dive, drip, drop, flop, get down, get off, go down, go down, go under, go under, light, pitch, plop, plunge, plunk, pounce, precipitate, prolapse, rappel, roll down, rope down, set, settle, sink, sink, slump, subside, swoop, topple, tumble, unhorse


Antonymsascend, go up, rise, move up, lift, arise, come up, uprise, go up

2. descend (stative) come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example


SamplesShe was descended from an old Italian noble family.
He comes from humble origins.


Synonymscome, derive


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Verb groupcome, derive, hail

3. descend (social) do something that one considers to be below one's dignity


Synonymscondescend, deign


Pattern of useSomebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)act, move

4. descend (change) come as if by falling


SamplesNight fell.
Silence fell.


Synonymsfall, settle


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)come


Verb groupfall









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