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descend from sth

verb uk phrasal verb with descend   /dɪˈsend/ us  
to have developed from something that existed in the past: All living creatures are thought to descend from an organism that came into being three billion years ago.be descended from sb C2 to be related to a particular person or group of people who lived in the past: Her father is descended from Greek royalty. Humans are descended from (= developed from) ape-like creatures.
Translations of “descend from sth”
in Chinese (Traditional) 從…發展演變而來…
in Chinese (Simplified) 从…发展演变而来…
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