descend to (something)

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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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References in classic literature ?
But God who oft descends to visit men Unseen, and through thir habitations walks To mark thir doings, them beholding soon, Comes down to see thir Citie, ere the Tower Obstruct Heav'n Towrs, and in derision sets Upon thir Tongues a various Spirit to rase Quite out thir Native Language, and instead To sow a jangling noise of words unknown: Forthwith a hideous gabble rises loud Among the Builders; each to other calls Not understood, till hoarse, and all in rage, As mockt they storm; great laughter was in Heav'n And looking down, to see the hubbub strange And hear the din; thus was the building left Ridiculous, and the work Confusion nam'd.
The sun is yet high in the heavens; before it descends to hide itself behind your snowy precipices and illuminate another world, you will have heard my story and can decide.
3 : to slope or lead downward <The road descends to the valley.
As Huygens descends to an altitude of 700 meters, DISR will switch on a 20-watt lamp that will illuminate the surface, enabling the spectrometer to analyze the reflected light.
A stairway descends to a central, open-air courtyard - popular in the ancient Middle East.
Within the same plane, a second flight descends to the basement.