descend from (someone or something)

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descend from (someone or something)

1. Literally, to move from a higher point to a lower one. The bride looked simply gorgeous as she descended from the balcony in her flowing gown.
2. To originate from a particular ancestor or source. I was shocked to learn that I descended from key figures in the American Revolution.
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descend from someone

or some group [for a living creature] to come from a particular set of ancestors. I descend from a large family of Dutch traders. Wally is descended from Daniel Boone.
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descend from something

to move down from something. The bird descended from the top of the tree to a lower branch. Take care when you descend from the ladder.
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References in classic literature ?
Yet soon after, it advanced nearer, and I could see the sides of it encompassed with several gradations of galleries, and stairs, at certain intervals, to descend from one to the other.
They descend from one of Lebanon's older emigrant communities, and many may be less eager to retain their ties with the old country than those in other communities abroad.
Last year samples were taken from 100 people with the surname of Robson to see if they descend from one individual or if there are separate groups with the same name.
Because of the perceived depth of the gulf in class between the Premiership and Football League, and the so-called parachute payments that cushion the landing of those who descend from one to the other, relegated clubs are
Vidal said: "He had six sons and we descend from one of them, although we can't be sure which one it was."