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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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The South China Morning Post reported that the Dalian-bound flight from Hong Kong suddenly descended to 25,000 feet from 35,000 feet.
Last March, a UAV pilot reported: "At a point in the mission the UAV descended to FL190 without an ATC clearance.
With this assist the airship descended to 500 feet, leveled off, and the crew manned abandon-ship stations.
It had been flying at high altitude and was cleared to drop to 19,000 feet, but for reasons to be investigated it descended to below this cleared level, said BA.
Some churches have taken to professing "he descended to the dead" whenever they had previously professed "he descended into hell." And we might also include the descent in our recounting of the Paschal Mystery realized in Christ during the Nicene Creed: "He was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered, died, and was buried.
Last week, Magellan descended to denser parts of the Venusian atmosphere, regions rich in carbon dioxide.
About two minutes later, the airplane had descended to 2400 feet and was approximately 1/4 mile from the 2000-foot summit of a mountain.
The airplane then descended to 1800 feet and groundspeed increased to 130 knots.
At 1957:14 the airplane turned to the right and descended to 1900 feet.