How to use
intransitive and transitive
to move from a higher level to a lower one
Our plane started to descend.
I heard his footsteps descending the stairs.
descend to/from/into etc
The path continues for some way before descending to Garsdale Head.
It is more usual to say
if darkness, silence, a feeling etc descends, it becomes dark etc or you start to feel something, especially suddenly
Total silence descended on the room.
An air of gloom descended over the party headquarters.
in descending order (of something)
numbers, choices etc that are in descending order are arranged from the highest or most important to the lowest or least important
The hotels are listed in descending order of price.
descend from somebody/something
be descended from somebody
to be related to a person or group who lived a long time ago
She claims to be descended from Abraham Lincoln.
The people here are descended from the Vikings.
to have developed from something that existed in the past
ideas that descend from those of ancient philosophers
descend on/upon somebody/something
if a large number of people descend on a person or a place, they come to visit or stay, especially when they are not very welcome
Millions of tourists descend on the area every year.
descend to something
to behave or speak in an unpleasant way, which is not the way you usually behave
Surely he wouldn't descend to such a mean trick?
descend to somebody's level
behave or speak as badly as someone else
Other people may gossip, but don't descend to their level.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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