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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.
Translations of “descent”
in Korean 하강…
in Arabic نُزول, هُبوط…
in Portuguese descida…
in Catalan descens…
in Japanese 下降…
in Italian discesa…
in Chinese (Traditional) 關係, 血緣關係,家族關係, 祖先…
in Russian спуск, снижение…
in Turkish iniş, alçalma, düşüş…
in Chinese (Simplified) 关系, 血缘关系,家族关系, 祖先…
in Polish zejście, schodzenie…
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