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Definition of Descend


  1. 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; -- the opposite of ascend.
  2. To enter mentally; to retire.
  3. To make an attack, or incursion, as if from a vantage ground; to come suddenly and with violence; -- with on or upon.
  4. 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.
  5. To pass from the more general or important to the particular or less important matters to be considered.
  6. 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.
  7. To move toward the south, or to the southward.
  8. To fall in pitch; to pass from a higher to a lower tone.
  9. 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.

Descend Quotations

Fear not, we are of the nature of the lion, and cannot descend to the destruction of mice and such small beasts.
Elizabeth I

O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.
Saint Augustine

I am an international leader, the dean of the Arab rulers, the king of kings of Africa and the imam of Muslims, and my international status does not allow me to descend to a lower level.
Muammar al-Gaddafi

The depth of darkness to which you can descend and still live is an exact measure of the height to which you can aspire to reach.
Pliny the Elder

Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me?
Walt Whitman
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Descend Translations

descend in Afrikaans is daal, afgaan
descend in Dutch is naar beneden gaan, afdalen
descend in German is abstammen, Abstieg {m}, herunterkommen
descend in Norwegian is stige ned, stamme fra
descend in Spanish is proceder, bajar, descender
descend in Swedish is minska, stiga ned
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