descend

[ dih-send ]
/ dɪˈsɛnd /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to move downward upon or along; go or climb down (stairs, a hill, etc.).
to extend or lead down along: The path descends the hill.

Nearby words

  1. descartes' law,
  2. descartes, rené,
  3. descemet's membrane,
  4. descemetitis,
  5. descemetocele,
  6. descendant,
  7. descended,
  8. descendent,
  9. descender,
  10. descendeur

Origin of descend

1250–1300; Middle English descenden < Old French descendre < Latin dēscendere, equivalent to dē- de- + -scendere, combining form of scandere to climb; cf. scansion

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British Dictionary definitions for descend

descend

/ (dɪˈsɛnd) /

verb (mainly intr)

Derived Formsdescendable, adjective

Word Origin for descend

C13: from Old French descendre, from Latin dēscendere, from de- + scandere to climb; see scan

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Word Origin and History for descend

descend

v.

c.1300, from Old French descendre (10c.) "descend, dismount; fall into; originate in," from Latin descendere "come down, descend, sink," from de- "down" (see de-) + scandere "to climb," from PIE root *skand- "jump" (see scan (v.)). Sense of "originate" is late 14c. in English. Related: Descended; descending.

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