descend to

descend to (something)

1. Literally, to move from a higher point to a lower one. If our plane is descending to the runway already, we might make our connecting flight after all.
2. To condescend to do something. Now that Billy's famous, I doubt he'll descend to call his own mother.
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descend to something

1. . Lit. to go down to something. I must descend to the lower level to greet the guests. Gerald descended to the front door to see who was there.
2. Fig. to condescend to do something; to stoop to doing something; to lower oneself to do something bad. I refuse to descend to the performance of such menial duties. I will not descend to a life of crime.
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References in classic literature ?
They were one of the few families then resident in the colonies who thought it a degradation to its members to descend to the pursuits of commerce; and who never emerged from the privacy of domestic life unless to preside in the councils of the colony or to bear arms in her defense.
Mr Lloyd said: "A team was deployed to approach them from above, descend to them, then walk them to safety.
On July 1, 2002, Skyguide was operating with a single air traffic controller who told the pilot of a Bashkirian Airlines Tupolev 154 to descend to avoid a collision, even though early-warning instruments aboard the place had told the pilots to climb.
On 10 October four crew members and two passengers suffered cuts and bruises when an aircraft operated by British Airways was ordered to descend to avoid a smaller aircraft nearby.
The track becomes a footpath and you will descend to go over a footbridge before reaching a farm on the edge of Hidcote Boyce.
For squats, slowly descend to parallel, come up a quarter way 7 times; ascend to upright position and immediately lower a quarter way 7 times; then, immediately descend to parallel and do full squats 7 times (7 x 3 = 21, that is the 21s style).
Turn left to descend to the river bank and turn left beneath the road bridge to follow the river on the right to a small gate next to the remains of a railway bridge.
I was the lead at 8,000 feet and was preparing to descend to join course rules home from the training area.
With your back to the hostel, go left along the track and soon turn right through a gate to descend to cross a footbridge.
A plane's TCAS automatically instructs the pilot to ascend or descend to avoid collision with another aircraft, with whose TCAS it can exchange information.
The two largest halls are underground, where reached by stairs and escalators that descend from the ground floor lobby, and also by external stairs that descend to courts at first and second basement levels between the building and the park-side road.
At the second site, one used the ramp or steps to descend to a department store on a lower level; the entrances at both the top and bottom were located differently and the proximity of other stores also differed.
Divers descend to 130 feet or more, where the stay is limited to eight minutes to avoid decompression sickness - commonly called ``the bends.
According to communications records kept at the center, the male trainee suddenly told Flight 907, which was climbing to 11,900 meters, to instead descend to 10,700 meters -- about one minute before the accident.