descend from - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
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 are descended from the Grant clan.

See also main entry: descend