Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “descend”

See all translations

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.
More examples

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.
(Definition of descend from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of descend?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “descend” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

ellipsis

a situation in which words are left out of a sentence but the sentence can still be understood

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More