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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.]

de·volve′ment n.
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Noun1.devolvement - the delegation of authority (especially from a central to a regional government)
governing, government activity, government, governance, administration - the act of governing; exercising authority; "regulations for the governing of state prisons"; "he had considerable experience of government"
delegating, relegating, relegation, delegation, deputation - authorizing subordinates to make certain decisions
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This devolvement of responsibility in January next year will ensure that the council takes action to improve road safety within Telford & Wrekin and delivers a sustainable and educationally focussed scheme that will benefit our borough, which is essential, given that we have one of the fastest growing populations in the region."
However, under the 18th Amendment, which was promulgated in 2010, with the devolvement of education and many other subjects from the Federation to the provinces, the progress that had been made in just a few years came to a grinding halt.
Addressing the inaugural session, President Dr Lobsang Sangay explained about the inception of the Five-Fifty vision of the CTA which he said was formed after much discussion and debate within the members of Kashag following the Dalai Lama's devolvement of his political role in 2011.
He said: 'Corruption hinders devolvement. NAB is actively working to curb corruption.
Meanwhile and all too often the Government blames local authorities for the lack of investment in care, when they know full well that it is their responsibility particularly having deliberately unburdened themselves from what they saw as a millstone around their neck and dumping it into the lap of local authorities, under the guise of "Devolvement of Power to the regions, vastly increasing their workload, while dramatically reducing their budgets, knowing full well that this could not work .
Needless to say the introduction of competiveness in trade businesses, exchange rate flexibility and elimination of uncertainty is the basic tools of economic devolvement.
To finance the devolvement strategy, the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) and one percent of the Real Property Tax were instituted.
class="MsoNormalIn keeping up with the true spirit of devolution, governor Njuki asked President Kenyatta to fully actualise the devolvement of all functions to the counties.
Under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Bangladesh has become a role model of devolvement in the world.
IWRM approach claims to provide a solution through efficient, equitable and sustainable devolvement and management of natural resources without compromising natural environment and ecosystem.
Issues which members in the COPAC could not agree on included the preamble, devolution, the appointment of provincial governors, devolvement of powers to provincial councils, method of appointment of provincial governors, the provision that all Members of Parliament and Senators from a province will sit on its provincial council, the establishment of a special court to deal with constitutional matters, the approval of parliament in the presidential deployment of defence forces outside the country, the abolition of the Office of the Public Protector and the creation of a National Peace and Reconciliation Commission, among others (COPAC Final Narrative Report to Parliament 2013: 48).
Heledd Gwyndaf (Western Mail, October 20) is exposing the nationalists' Achilles' heel by arguing in favour of the devolvement of broadcasting as it highlights the effect of choice by the people rather than their current policy of imposition by a small but influential minority.