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descendverb

uk   us   /dɪˈsend/
  • 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 ​becomesdark and ​daychanges to ​night.

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  • descend verb (NEGATIVE MOOD)

[I] literary If a ​negative or ​badfeeling descends, it is ​felteverywhere 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 ​negativecondition, descends, it ​quicklydevelops in every ​part of a ​place: Silence descended on the ​room/over the ​countryside.
(Definition of descend from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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descendverb [I/T]

 us   /dɪˈsend/
to go down or come down something: [I] The ​path descends to the ​valley below. [T] Jane descended the ​stairsslowly in her ​weddinggown.
(Definition of descend from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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