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verb descend pronunciation in American English /dɪˈsend/
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present tense
I/you/we/theydescend
he/she/itdescends
present participledescending
past tensedescended
past participledescended
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] formal to go down a mountain or slope, or to go down some stairs
    I descended into the valley.
    He slowly descended the stairs.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to come nearer to the ground
      The airplane was preparing to descend.
    2. b.
      [intransitive] to become lower
      From here the path descends steeply.
  2. 3
    [intransitive] literary if night or darkness descends, it starts to get dark
    At 6:30 p.m. the tropical darkness descends.

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