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v. de·volved, de·volv·ing, de·volves
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.
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.]
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]
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]
Past participle: devolved
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|Verb||1.||devolve - pass on or delegate to another; "The representative devolved his duties to his aides while he was in the hospital"|
|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"
|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"
rot, waste - become physically weaker; "Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world"
devolve(→ auf +acc)
vi (duty, property etc) → übergehen; the cost of the operation devolves upon the patient → die Kosten für die Operation muss der Patient tragen; it devolved on me to take the final decision → die endgültige Entscheidung fiel mir zu; the union devolved into a looser confederation of states → die Union löste sich in einen lockeren Staatenbund auf