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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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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.
Some churches have taken to professing "he descended to the dead" whenever they had previously professed "he descended into hell.
At 4:15, the crew said it had found the source of the trouble, and had descended to 22,500 feet.
Last week, Magellan descended to denser parts of the Venusian atmosphere, regions rich in carbon dioxide.
11, Magellan descended to 138 km in the early evening, local time on Venus.
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.
Riding a snowboard, he descended to the slide site, and with the help of other rescuers he tried to help secure tenuous climbing lines.
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.