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noun descent pronunciation in British English /dɪˈsent/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the act of moving down to a lower place or position
    The plane made a sudden descent.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] the origin of your parents or other older members of your family
    be of Irish/Polish etc descent: They’re all of Irish descent.
    by descent: My mother is German by descent.
  3. 3
    [singular] the process of gradually changing to a worse condition
    descent into/to: her gradual descent into alcoholism
  4. 4
    [singular] a sudden and unpleasant visit or attack
    my in-laws’ descent upon us last Sunday


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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