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Synonyms for descend

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. descend, fall, go down, come down(verb)

    move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way

    "The temperature is going down"; "The barometer is falling"; "The curtain fell on the diva"; "Her hand went up and then fell again"

    crash, boil down, shine, go down, light, accrue, diminish, set, strike, devolve, sicken, flow, precipitate, settle, go under, reduce, condescend, lessen, come down, sink, deign, pass, come, fall, return, decrease, derive, decline, wane, hang, fall down

    ascend, go up

  2. derive, come, descend(verb)

    come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example

    "She was descended from an old Italian noble family"; "he comes from humble origins"

    deduct, derive, go down, infer, issue forth, gain, come down, amount, total, educe, occur, settle, arrive, number, condescend, come up, hail, follow, fare, deign, get, come, fall, get along, make out, do, come in, deduce, add up

    go up, ascend

  3. condescend, deign, descend(verb)

    do something that one considers to be below one's dignity

    condescend, fall, deign, come down, stoop, derive, patronize, settle, patronise, lower oneself, go down, come

    go up, ascend

  4. fall, descend, settle(verb)

    come as if by falling

    "Night fell"; "Silence fell"

    settle, fall down, lessen, deign, decrease, make up, patch up, return, sink, settle down, go down, square off, flow, precipitate, strike, subside, come down, root, determine, devolve, steady down, go under, reconcile, fall, finalise, ensconce, get back, pass, conciliate, shine, adjudicate, accrue, decide, diminish, derive, square up, hang, resolve, locate, come, nail down, condescend, finalize, light, take root

    go up, ascend


  1. descend(verb)

    go down

    go up, ascend

  2. descend(verb)

    To pass from a higher to a lower place; to move downwards; to come or go down in any way, as by falling, flowing, walking, etc.; to plunge; to fall; to incline downward

    go down

    go up, ascend

  3. descend(verb)

    To enter mentally; to retire. [Poetic]

    [He] with holiest meditations fed, Into himself descended. John Milton.

    go down

    ascend, go up

  4. descend(verb)

    To make an attack, or incursion, as if from a vantage ground; to come suddenly and with violence; -- with on or upon.

    And on the suitors let thy wrath descend. Alexander Pope.

    go down

    go up, ascend

  5. descend(verb)

    To come down to a lower, less fortunate, humbler, less virtuous, or worse, state or station; to lower or abase one's self; as, he descended from his high estate.

    go down

    go up, ascend

  6. descend(verb)

    To pass from the more general or important to the particular or less important matters to be considered.

    go down

    go up, ascend

  7. descend(verb)

    To come down, as from a source, original, or stock; to be derived; to proceed by generation or by transmission; to fall or pass by inheritance; as, the beggar may descend from a prince; a crown descends to the heir.

    go down

    go up, ascend

  8. descend(verb)

    To move toward the south, or to the southward.

    go down

    ascend, go up

  9. descend(verb)

    To fall in pitch; to pass from a higher to a lower tone.

    go down

    ascend, go up

  10. descend(verb)

    To go down upon or along; to pass from a higher to a lower part of; as, they descended the river in boats; to descend a ladder.

    But never tears his cheek descended. Byron.

    go down

    go up, ascend

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. descend

    decline, drop, fall, go down, set, settle, sink

    arise, ascend, emanate, flow, issue, proceed, rise, spring

Editors Contribution

  1. stepped

    it is used in some sentences where we using the words like downstairs.

    i stepped back onto the landing

    Submitted by anonymous on December 16, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. descend(v. n.)

    fall, sink, drop, go down, come down

  2. descend(v. n.)

    dismount, alight, get down

  3. descend(v. n.)

    go, pass, proceed, be transferred

  4. descend(v. n.)

    originate, be derived, take rise

  5. descend(v. n.)

    make an attack, make an assault

  6. descend(v. a.)

    go down, move down

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  1. Uppsala University:

    Humans have always been interested in trying to find an answer to the question, 'Where do we come from?' Well, now we know from what type of microbial ancestor we descend, essentially, Lokiarchaeota represent a missing piece of the puzzle of the evolution from simple cells - bacteria and archaea, prokaryotes - to complex cells - eukaryotes, which includes us humans.

  2. Kahlil Gibran:

    No lower can a man descend than to interpret his dreams into gold and silver.

  3. Jonathan Martin:

    He knows the politics, culture and history of his state in a way that makes him an invaluable resource for those of us who descend on 'LAS' looking for everything from Harry Reid's latest thinking to the best restaurant on and off the strip.

  4. Vaclav Havel:

    Modern man must descend the spiral of his own absurdity to the lowest point only then can he look beyond it. It is obviously impossible to get around it, jump over it, or simply avoid it.

  5. Philip Hynes:

    This is the next significant miscalculation. The next will be barring certain candidates from running in District Council elections. Both will nicely inflame tensions and increase protests and actions, as that happens, the prospects for the third pending calamity will rise exponentially, postponement of District Council elections. Then it will descend into sustained chaos.

Translations for descend

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  • نزل, هبطArabic
  • спуска́цца, спусці́ццаBelarusian
  • нахвърлям се, налитам, слизам, спускам се, произлизам, предавам се по наследствоBulgarian
  • descendirCatalan, Valencian
  • sestoupitCzech
  • herunterkommen, absteigen, niedergehenGerman
  • κατεβαίνωGreek
  • bajar, descenderSpanish
  • polveutua, laskeutua, laskea, periytyä, alentua, pudota, [[mennä]] [[yksityiskohtiin]], vajotaFinnish
  • descendreFrench
  • ירדHebrew
  • scendereItalian
  • 降りるJapanese
  • afdalen, afstammenDutch
  • descendre, davalar, descénderOccitan
  • baixar, descer, descenderPortuguese
  • uray, bahayQuechua
  • proveni, descinde, coborîRomanian
  • обру́шиться, происходи́ть, спусти́ться, сходи́ть, произойти́, напа́сть, спуска́ться, сойти́, напада́ть, обру́шиватьсяRussian
  • pòtjecati, spustiti, sìlaziti, sȋći, spuštatiSerbo-Croatian
  • இறங்கTamil
  • inmek, soyundan gelmek, alçalmak, üşüşmek, saldırmakTurkish
  • спуска́тися, спусти́тисяUkrainian

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