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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
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Much there had been to occupy my attention since that terrible moment; but never for an instant had the memory of the thing faded, and all the time that I could spare from the numerous duties that had devolved upon me in the reconstruction of the government of the First Born since our victorious fleet and land forces had overwhelmed them, had been spent close to the grim shaft that held the mother of my boy, Carthoris of Helium.
He had even invented some, to which he had given fantastic names, and for whose manufacture he required diverse ingredients that it devolved upon Edna to procure for him.
The son, a steady respectable young man, was amply provided for by the fortune of his mother, which had been large, and half of which devolved on him on his coming of age.
The horror of the situation came to him very slowly, and it is doubtful that he ever fully realized the enormity of his sorrow and the fearful responsibility that had devolved upon him with the care of that wee thing, his son, still a nursing babe.
The engagement of the workmen, their pay, and all the necessary details of the work, devolved upon the Coldspring Company.
I, who could have bought them out, bag and baggage, and the schooner and its equipment, a score of times over!) But upon me had devolved the task of tending their wounds, and pulling them through, and I did my best by them.
The States within the limits of whose colonial governments they were comprised have claimed them as their property, the others have contended that the rights of the crown in this article devolved upon the Union; especially as to all that part of the Western territory which, either by actual possession, or through the submission of the Indian proprietors, was subjected to the jurisdiction of the king of Great Britain, till it was relinquished in the treaty of peace.
Conseil was obliged to keep me up, and our preservation devolved on him alone.
Upon Hor Vastus devolved the delicate mission of organising a secret force of fighting-men sworn to follow John Carter wherever he might lead.
It was not until I tied the Razzle Dazzle up to the wharf and got ashore in the congregating places of men, where drink flowed, that the buying of drinks for other men, and the accepting of drinks from other men, devolved upon me as a social duty and a manhood rite.
I figure to myself that the task of attending on your sickbed has devolved on some mercenary old nurse, who could never guess your wishes nor minister to them with the care and affection of your poor cousin.
The responsibility of giving the lady away, devolved upon the Aged, which led to the clergyman's being unintentionally scandalized, and it happened thus.