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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theydescend from
he/she/itdescends from
present participledescending from
past tensedescended from
past participledescended from
  1. 1
    descend from someone/something formal to develop from something that happened or existed earlier

    the cultural traditions that descend from the Bible

  2. 2

    be descended from

    to be related to a person or animal that lived long ago

    Her mother's family is descended from early Virginia settlers.

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