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"Descendente" is an adjective which is often translated as "downward", and "ascendente" is an adjective which is often translated as "rising". Learn more about the difference between "descendente" and "ascendente" below.
descendente(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (in a downward direction)
a. downward
El avión inició una trayectoria descendente para aterrizar.The plane started its downward course prior to landing.
b. descending
Un buen jugador de golf debe dominar el golpe descendente.A good golfer needs to master the descending blow.
2. (from largest to smallest)
a. descending
Estos son, en orden descendente, los concursantes que tienen más puntos.These are, in descending order, the contestants with the most points.
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ascendente(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (which rises)
a. rising
El ritmo ascendente de la canción anticipa el estribillo.The rising rhythm of the song anticipates the chorus.
b. upward
Las flechas ascendentes en el mapa del tiempo indican que las temperaturas subirán.The upward arrows on the weather map show that the temperatures are increasing.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2. (astrology)
a. ascendant
Según los astrólogos, el ascendente zodiacal define tu personalidad.According to astrologists, the zodiac ascendant defines your personality.
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