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      vb   mainly intr  
1    also tr   to move, pass, or go down (a hill, slope, staircase, etc.)  
2    (of a hill, slope, or path) to lead or extend down; slope; incline  
3    to move to a lower level, pitch, etc.; fall  
4    often foll by: from   to be connected by a blood relationship (to a dead or extinct individual, race, species, etc.)  
5    to be passed on by parents or ancestors; be inherited  
6    to sink or come down in morals or behaviour; lower oneself  
7    often foll by: on or upon   to arrive or attack in a sudden or overwhelming way  
their relatives descended upon them last week     
8    (of the sun, moon, etc.) to move towards the horizon  
     (C13: from Old French descendre, from Latin descendere, from de- + scandere to climb; see scan)  
  descendable      adj  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


1    alight, dismount, drop, fall, go down, move down, plummet, plunge, sink, subside, tumble  
2    dip, gravitate, incline, slant, slope  
3    be handed down, be passed down, derive, issue, originate, proceed, spring  
4    abase oneself, condescend, degenerate, deteriorate, lower oneself, stoop  
5      (often with)       on   arrive, assail, assault, attack, come in force, invade, pounce, raid, swoop  
1 & 2    ascend, climb, go up, mount, rise, scale, soar  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

descend on, descend upon v.
to visit unexpectedly or inconventiently
the whole family descended on us for the weekend

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