descent Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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 us   /dɪˈsent/

descent noun (FAMILY BACKGROUND)

[U] the ​origin of ​people in ​yourfamilybackground: Their ​mother is of Irish descent (= ​familyorigin).

descent noun (ARRIVAL)

[C usually sing] the ​arrival of something or someone, esp. when it is ​unpleasant or ​unwanted: The descent of dozens of ​motorcyclesterrifiedlocalresidents.

descent noun (A WAY DOWN)

[C] a way down, such as a ​path, or an ​act of coming down: A ​steep descent from the ​peakbrings you to a ​meadow. The ​plane is making ​itsfinal descent into the ​airport.
(Definition of descent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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uk   us   /dɪˈsent/

descent noun (RELATION)

[U] the ​state or ​fact of being ​related to a ​particularperson or ​group of ​people who ​lived in the past: She's a woman ofmixed/​French descent. They ​tracetheir line of descent back to a ​Frenchduke. He ​claims direct descent fromMohammed.

descent noun (ARRIVAL)

[U] an ​occasion when a ​group of ​peoplearrivesomewhere, 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 ​planebegan (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 intocrime was ​rapid.
(Definition of descent from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “descent”
in Arabic نُزول, هُبوط…
in Korean 하강…
in Portuguese descida…
in Catalan descens…
in Japanese 下降…
in Chinese (Simplified) 关系, 血缘关系,家族关系, 祖先…
in Turkish iniş, alçalma, düşüş…
in Russian спуск, снижение…
in Chinese (Traditional) 關係, 血緣關係,家族關係, 祖先…
in Italian discesa…
in Polish zejście, schodzenie…
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