• To pass from a higher to a lower place; to move downwards; to come or go down in any way, for example by falling, flowing, walking, climbing etc.
  • To enter mentally; to retire.
  • To make an attack, or incursion, as if from a vantage ground; to come suddenly and with violence.
  • To come down to a lower, less fortunate, humbler, less virtuous, or worse, state or rank; to lower or abase oneself
  • To pass from the more general or important to the specific or less important matters to be considered.
  • To come down, as from a source, original, or stock
  • to be derived (from)
  • to proceed by generation or by transmission; to happen by inheritance.
  • To move toward the south, or to the southward.
  • To fall in pitch; to pass from a higher to a lower tone.
  • To go down upon or along; to pass from a higher to a lower part of


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  • From Middle English decenden, borrowed from Old French descendre, from Latin descendere, past participle descensus, from de- + scandere. See scan, scandent. Compare ascend, condescend, transcend.

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