Definition of

Descend

  1. (verb, change) come as if by falling
    Silence fell
  2. (verb, motion) move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way
    The barometer is falling
    The curtain fell on the diva
    Her hand went up and then fell again
  3. (verb, social) do something that one considers to be below one's dignity
  4. (verb, stative) come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example
    he comes from humble origins

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Antonyms of Descend

ascend

Origin of the word Descend

  1. c.1300, from O.Fr. descendre, from L. descendere, from de- "down" + scandere "to climb," from PIE base *skand- "jump." Sense of "originate from" is late 14c. In typography, descender "part of a letter that extends below the body" is from 1802. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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