Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not. - 1611, King James Version of the Bible (Authorized Version), Genesis 45:9.
To make an attack, or incursion, as if from a vantage ground; to come suddenly and with violence; -- with on or upon
And on the suitors let thy wrath descend. Alexander Pope.
To pass from a higher to a lower place; to move downwards; to come or go down in any way, as by falling, flowing, walking, etc.; to plunge; to fall; to incline downward
We will here descend to matters of later date. Fuller.
To go down upon or along; to pass from a higher to a lower part of; as, they descended the river in boats; to descend a ladder
come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example; "She was descended from an old Italian noble family"; "he comes from humble origins"
emphasis When you want to emphasize that the situation that someone is entering is very bad, you can say that they are descending into that situation. He was ultimately overthrown and the country descended into chaos. = fall, slide
An increase in speed (i e , decrease in time) from one piece to the next during a set Example: "3 X 100 descend" means "swim the first 100 at a moderate pace, the second a bit faster, and the third even faster still " Example: "6 X 100, descend by 3's" means "swim the first 100 at moderate pace, the second a bit faster, and the third even faster still; then repeat this pattern for the next three 100s "
disapproval If you say that someone descends to behaviour which you consider unacceptable, you are expressing your disapproval of the fact that they do it. We're not going to descend to such methods = stoop, sink
To pass from a higher to a lower place; to move downwards; to come or go down in any way, as by falling, flowing, walking, etc
If a large group of people arrive to see you, especially if their visit is unexpected or causes you a lot of work, you can say that they have descended on you. 3,000 city officials descended on Capitol Hill to lobby for more money
To come down to a lower, less fortunate, humbler, less virtuous, or worse, state or station; to lower or abase ones self; as, he descended from his high estate
When a mood or atmosphere descends on a place or on the people there, it affects them by spreading among them. An uneasy calm descended on the area = fall
To come down to a lower, less fortunate, humbler, less virtuous, or worse, state or station; to lower or abase one's self; as, he descended from his high estate
If you descend or if you descend a staircase, you move downwards from a higher to a lower level. Things are cooler and more damp as we descend to the cellar She descended one flight of stairs. = go down rise, ascend
To pass from the more general or important to the particular or less important matters to be considered
To come down, as from a source, original, or stock; to be derived; to proceed by generation or by transmission; to fall or pass by inheritance; as, the beggar may descend from a prince; a crown descends to the heir
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