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.

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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 descended

descend
/ (dɪˈsɛnd) /

verb (mainly intr)

Derived forms of descend

descendable, adjective

Word Origin for descend

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