1) VERB If you descend or if you descend a staircase, you move downwards from a higher to a lower level. [FORMAL]

[V prep] Things are cooler and more damp as we descend to the cellar...

[V n] She walked over to the carpeted stairs at the end of the corridor and descended one flight. [Also V]

2) VERB When a mood or atmosphere descends on a place or on the people there, it affects them by spreading among them. [LITERARY]

[V on/upon/over n] An uneasy calm descended on the area...

[V on/upon/over n] A reverent hush descended on the multitude. [Also V]

3) VERB If a large group of people arrive to see you, especially if their visit is unexpected or causes you a lot of work, you can say that they have descended on you.

[V on/upon n] Some 3,000 city officials will descend on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to lobby for more money...

[V on/upon n] Curious tourists and reporters from around the globe are descending upon the peaceful villages.

4) VERB When night, dusk, or darkness descends, it starts to get dark. [LITERARY]

Darkness has now descended and the moon and stars shine hazily in the clear sky.

5) VERB (disapproval) If you say that someone descends to behaviour which you consider unacceptable, you are expressing your disapproval of the fact that they do it.

[V to n/-ing] We're not going to descend to such methods...

[V to n/-ing] She's got too much dignity to descend to writing anonymous letters.

stoop, sink
6) VERB (emphasis) When you want to emphasize that the situation that someone is entering is very bad, you can say that they are descending into that situation.

[V into n] He was ultimately overthrown and the country descended into chaos.

fall, slide

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