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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.

    1. a.
      [countable] a road or path that slopes down
  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

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