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English definition of “descent”

descent

noun  /dɪˈsent/ us  

descent noun (FAMILY BACKGROUND)

[U] the origin of people in your family background: Their mother is of Irish descent (= family origin).

descent noun (ARRIVAL)

[C usually sing] the arrival of something or someone, esp. when it is unpleasant or unwanted: The descent of dozens of motorcycles terrified local residents.

descent noun (A WAY DOWN)

[C] a way down, such as a path, or an act of coming down: A steep descent from the peak brings you to a meadow. The plane is making its final descent into the airport.
(Definition of descent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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