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de·volve

 (dĭ-vŏlv′)
v. de·volved, de·volv·ing, de·volves
v.tr.
1. To pass on or delegate to another: The senator devolved the duties of office upon a group of aides.
2. Archaic To cause to roll onward or downward.
v.intr.
1. To be passed on or transferred to another: The burden of proof devolved upon the defendant. The estate devolved to an unlikely heir.
2. To degenerate or deteriorate gradually: After several hours the discussion had devolved into a shouting match.
3. Archaic To roll onward or downward.

[Middle English devolven, to transfer, from Old French devolver, to confer, ascribe, from Latin dēvolvere, to roll down, fall to : dē-, de- + volvere, to roll; see wel- in Indo-European roots.]

de·volve′ment n.

devolve

(dɪˈvɒlv)
vb
1. (foll by: on, upon, to, etc) to pass or cause to pass to a successor or substitute, as duties, power, etc
2. (Law) (intr; foll by on or upon) law (of an estate, etc) to pass to another by operation of law, esp on intestacy or bankruptcy
3. (intr; foll by on or upon) to depend (on): your argument devolves on how you interpret this clause.
4. archaic to roll down or cause to roll down
[C15: from Latin dēvolvere to roll down, fall into, from de- + volvere to roll]
deˈvolvement n

de•volve

(dɪˈvɒlv)

v. -volved, -volv•ing. v.t.
1. to transfer or delegate (a duty, responsibility, etc.) to or upon another; pass on.
v.i.
2. to be transferred or passed on from one to another: The responsibility devolved on me.
3. to become simpler or disappear, esp. in the process of evolution.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin dēvolvere to roll down =dē- de- + volvere to roll]
de•volve′ment, n.

devolve


Past participle: devolved
Gerund: devolving

Imperative
devolve
devolve
Present
I devolve
you devolve
he/she/it devolves
we devolve
you devolve
they devolve
Preterite
I devolved
you devolved
he/she/it devolved
we devolved
you devolved
they devolved
Present Continuous
I am devolving
you are devolving
he/she/it is devolving
we are devolving
you are devolving
they are devolving
Present Perfect
I have devolved
you have devolved
he/she/it has devolved
we have devolved
you have devolved
they have devolved
Past Continuous
I was devolving
you were devolving
he/she/it was devolving
we were devolving
you were devolving
they were devolving
Past Perfect
I had devolved
you had devolved
he/she/it had devolved
we had devolved
you had devolved
they had devolved
Future
I will devolve
you will devolve
he/she/it will devolve
we will devolve
you will devolve
they will devolve
Future Perfect
I will have devolved
you will have devolved
he/she/it will have devolved
we will have devolved
you will have devolved
they will have devolved
Future Continuous
I will be devolving
you will be devolving
he/she/it will be devolving
we will be devolving
you will be devolving
they will be devolving
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been devolving
you have been devolving
he/she/it has been devolving
we have been devolving
you have been devolving
they have been devolving
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been devolving
you will have been devolving
he/she/it will have been devolving
we will have been devolving
you will have been devolving
they will have been devolving
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been devolving
you had been devolving
he/she/it had been devolving
we had been devolving
you had been devolving
they had been devolving
Conditional
I would devolve
you would devolve
he/she/it would devolve
we would devolve
you would devolve
they would devolve
Past Conditional
I would have devolved
you would have devolved
he/she/it would have devolved
we would have devolved
you would have devolved
they would have devolved
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.devolve - pass on or delegate to another; "The representative devolved his duties to his aides while he was in the hospital"
assign, delegate, designate, depute - give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
2.devolve - be inherited by; "The estate fell to my sister"; "The land returned to the family"; "The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead"
change hands, change owners - be transferred to another owner; "This restaurant changed hands twice last year"
light, fall - fall to somebody by assignment or lot; "The task fell to me"; "It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims"
accrue, fall - come into the possession of; "The house accrued to the oldest son"
3.devolve - grow worse; "Her condition deteriorated"; "Conditions in the slums degenerated"; "The discussion devolved into a shouting match"
fatigue, jade, tire, weary, pall - lose interest or become bored with something or somebody; "I'm so tired of your mother and her complaints about my food"
languish, fade - become feeble; "The prisoner has be languishing for years in the dungeon"
rot, waste - become physically weaker; "Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world"
decline, worsen - grow worse; "Conditions in the slum worsened"

devolve

verb transfer, surrender, pass on, transmit, relinquish, hand down, entrust, consign, make over, cede, pass down, sign over, depute the need to decentralize and devolve power to regional governments

devolve

verb
To come as by lot or inheritance:
Translations

devolve

[dɪˈvɒlv]
A. VT [+ power] → delegar; [+ government] → descentralizar
B. VIrecaer (on, upon sobre) it devolved on me to tell himme tocó a mi decírselo

devolve

[dɪˈvɒlv]
vt (= transfer) [+ power, responsibility] → déléguer
to devolve sth to sb [+ power, responsibility] → déléguer qch à qn
to devolve power away from → déléguer le pouvoir de
vi
to devolve on, to devolve upon (= fall) → retomber sur

devolve

(→ auf +acc)
vi (duty, property etc)übergehen; the cost of the operation devolves upon the patientdie Kosten für die Operation muss der Patient tragen; it devolved on me to take the final decisiondie endgültige Entscheidung fiel mir zu; the union devolved into a looser confederation of statesdie Union löste sich in einen lockeren Staatenbund auf
vt duty, power etcübertragen; a devolved governmenteine dezentralisierte Regierung

devolve

[dɪˈvɒlv]
1. vt (power, responsibility) → devolvere
2. vi to devolve (up)onricadere su
it devolved on me to tell him → è stato compito mio dirglielo
References in classic literature ?
The old Pyncheon property, together with the great estate acquired by the young man's father, would devolve on whom?
But she, whose brain was burning with remembrance of injuries and with hopes of vengeance, was readily induced to devolve upon Rebecca the care of her patient.
The important task would probably devolve on men, who, with inferior capacities, would in other respects be little better qualified.
Then it will devolve on you to push him on in that world where he is called on to occupy a place.
If either the Governor or his lady had especially consulted their own comfort, they would probably have sought to devolve the responsibility on other hands; since, with some noble and splendid traits of character, Lady Eleanore was remarkable for a harsh, unyielding pride, a haughty consciousness of her hereditary and personal advantages, which made her almost incapable of control.
In Case of the Removal of the President from Office, or of his Death, Resignation, or Inability to discharge the Powers and Duties of the said Office, the Same shall devolve on the Vice President, and the Congress may by Law provide for the Case of Removal, Death, Resignation or Inability, both of the President and Vice President, declaring what Officer shall then act as President, and such Officer shall act accordingly, until the Disability be removed, or a President shall be elected.
The Allens, he believed, had lived near them too long, and he knew the young man on whom the Fullerton estate must devolve.
There were not Romolas to read all the time, though, and I had to devolve upon inferior authors for my fiction the greater part of the time.
His avarice had long led him to estimate the contents of old Gigonnet's strong-box, for he knew very well they would go in the end to benefit his nephew Baudoyer; and it was therefore important that the latter should obtain a position which would be in keeping with the combined fortunes of the Saillards and the old Gigonnet, which would finally devolve on the Baudoyer's little daughter; and what an heiress she would be with an income of a hundred thousand francs
As great secrecy is observed, the preparations devolve entirely on me, and it is not very easy work, with so many people in our own house and on each of the farms, and all the children, big and little, expecting their share of happiness.
Entirely unknown to their mothers, who, in turn, would have difficulty in pointing out the fathers with any degree of accuracy, they are the common children of the community, and their education devolves upon the females who chance to capture them as they leave the incubator.
Well, as after my death the command devolves on you as mate, assume the command, and bear up for the Island of Elba, disembark at Porto-Ferrajo, ask for the grand-marshal, give him this letter -- perhaps they will give you another letter, and charge you with a commission.