Definitions and Examples of descend, fall, drop
Learn when and how to use these words with these examples!
To move downwards from a higher position to a lower one.
The airplane began to descend as it approached the airport.
To drop or descend under the force of gravity.
The leaves fell from the trees in autumn.
To fall or let something fall from a higher position to a lower one.
She accidentally dropped her phone and cracked the screen.
Key Differences: descend vs fall vs drop
- 1Descend implies a controlled or intentional movement downwards, while fall suggests an uncontrolled or accidental descent.
- 2Drop is a more specific term that describes the act of letting something fall from a higher position to a lower one.
- 3Ascend and descend are relational antonyms, meaning they are used in relation to each other, while fall and drop are complementary antonyms, meaning they are used in opposition to each other.
Effective Usage of descend, fall, drop
- 1Travel: Use ascend and descend when talking about going up or down stairs, hills, or mountains.
- 2Weather: Use fall to describe precipitation like rain, snow, or hail falling from the sky.
- 3Everyday Life: Use drop to talk about accidentally letting something fall from your hands or a higher surface.
The antonyms of ascend are descend, fall, and drop. Use descend for controlled or intentional downward movement, fall for uncontrolled or accidental descent, and drop for letting something fall from a higher position. These words can be used in various contexts such as travel, weather, and everyday life.