Meaning of “descend from sth” in the English Dictionary

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"descend from sth" in British English

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descend from sth

phrasal verb with descend uk /dɪˈsend/ us /dɪˈsend/ verb

to have developed from something that existed in the past:

All living creatures are thought to descend from an organism that came into being three billion years ago.
be descended from sb

C2 to be related to a particular person or group of people who lived in the past:

Humans are descended from (= developed from) ape-like creatures.

(Definition of “descend from sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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