Descends vs Declines - What's the difference?

descends | declines |

As a verb descends

is (descend).

As an adjective declines is





  • (descend)
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    (Webster 1913)


    (en verb)
  • To pass from a higher to a lower place; to move downwards; to come or go down in any way, as by falling, flowing, walking, etc.; to plunge; to fall; to incline downward
  • The rain descended , and the floods came. Matthew vii. 25.
    We will here descend to matters of later date. Fuller.
  • (poetic) To enter mentally; to retire.
  • [He] with holiest meditations fed, Into himself descended . .
  • (with on or upon) To make an attack, or incursion, as if from a vantage ground; to come suddenly and with violence.
  • And on the suitors let thy wrath descend . .
  • To come down to a lower, less fortunate, humbler, less virtuous, or worse, state or station; to lower or abase one's self
  • he descended from his high estate
  • To pass from the more general or important to the particular or less important matters to be considered.
  • To come down, as from a source, original, or stock; to be derived; to proceed by generation or by transmission; to fall or pass by inheritance.
  • the beggar may descend from a prince
    a crown descends to the heir
  • (anatomy) To move toward the south, or to the southward.
  • (music) To fall in pitch; to pass from a higher to a lower tone.
  • To go down upon or along; to pass from a higher to a lower part of
  • they descended the river in boats; to descend a ladder
    But never tears his cheek descended . .


    * go down


    * ascend * go up

    Derived terms

    * descender




  • Verb

  • (decline)
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