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descent

noun uk   /dɪˈsent/ us  

descent noun (RELATION)

[U] the state or fact of being related to a particular person or group of people who lived in the past: She's a woman of mixed/French descent. They trace their line of descent back to a French duke. He claims direct descent from Mohammed.

descent noun (ARRIVAL)

[U] an occasion when a group of people arrive somewhere, usually suddenly or unexpectedly: We weren't prepared for the descent of thousands of journalists on the town.

descent noun (POSITION)

[C or U] a movement down: The plane began (to make) its final descent into the airport. There is a steep descent (= way down, such as a path) to the village below.

descent noun (NEGATIVE CHANGE)

[S or U] a change in someone's behaviour, or in a situation, from good to bad: His descent into crime was rapid.
(Definition of descent from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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