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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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