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verb descend pronunciation in American English /dɪˈsend/
Word Forms
present tense
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.

    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.



to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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