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1. descend

verb. ['dɪˈsɛnd'] move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way.

Synonyms

  • abseil
  • alight
  • subside
  • precipitate
  • plop
  • get off
  • rope down
  • unhorse
  • get down
  • cascade
  • cascade down
  • slump
  • set
  • dismount
  • topple
  • flop
  • tumble
  • come down
  • light
  • locomote
  • move
  • correct
  • pitch
  • avalanche
  • sink
  • crash
  • plunge
  • pounce
  • fall
  • go
  • swoop
  • settle
  • dive
  • drop
  • prolapse
  • climb down
  • decline
  • roll down
  • rappel
  • go down
  • drip
  • plunk
  • travel

Antonyms

  • stay in place
  • float
  • rise
  • get on

Etymology

  • decenden (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • descendre (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

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Words that Rhyme with Descend

  • overextend
  • comprehend
  • transcend
  • recommend
  • landsend
  • apprehend
  • suspend
  • reoffend
  • pretend
  • portend
  • misspend
  • extend
  • expend
  • echemende
  • distend
  • contend
  • befriend
  • yearend
  • unbend
  • relend
  • intend
  • impend
  • depend
  • defend
  • commend
  • backend
  • trend
  • spend
  • offend
  • friend

How do you pronounce descend?

Pronounce descend as dɪˈsɛnd.

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Example sentences of the word descend


1. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
They typically live high above in the canopy but descend to ground level for mating and nectar collection.

2. Verb, base form
These two trails form a loop; you can follow either one upstream, then descend on the other.

3. Noun, singular or mass
When it's time to come down, start with the outside foot and slowly descend.

Quotes containing the word descend


1. People tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will descend like fine weather if you're fortunate. But happiness is the result of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly.
- Elizabeth Gilbert

2. I would not have you descend into your own dream. I would have you be a conscious citizen of this terrible and beautiful world.
- Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

3. Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me?
- Walt Whitman

2. descend

verb. ['dɪˈsɛnd'] come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example.

Synonyms

  • derive
  • come

Antonyms

  • elate
  • abstain
  • stand still

Etymology

  • decenden (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • descendre (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

3. descend

verb. ['dɪˈsɛnd'] do something that one considers to be below one's dignity.

Synonyms

  • act
  • move
  • deign

Antonyms

  • confront
  • hop on
  • end
  • raise

Etymology

  • decenden (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • descendre (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

4. descend

verb. ['dɪˈsɛnd'] come as if by falling.

Synonyms

  • fall
  • settle

Antonyms

  • strengthen
  • unhurried
  • enter

Etymology

  • decenden (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • descendre (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
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