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descend

verb uk   /dɪˈsend/ us  

descend verb (POSITION)

B2 [I or T] formal to go or come down: The path descended steeply into the valley. Jane descended the stairs. [I] literary If darkness or night descends, it becomes dark and day changes to night.

descend verb (NEGATIVE MOOD)

[I] literary If a negative or bad feeling descends, it is felt everywhere in a place or by everyone at the same time: A feeling of despair descended (on us) as we realized that we were lost. [I] literary If a condition, usually a negative condition, descends, it quickly develops in every part of a place: Silence descended on the room/over the countryside.
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