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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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 committee is considering matters which will affect every person in Wales, including the devolvement of tax-raising powers later this year.
Secretary MP "This committee's work is considering matters which will affect every person in Wales, including the devolvement of tax-raising powers later this year.
involvement will likely be met with resistance from Assad's backers, who stand to lose from the devolvement of Assad's power and the disbanding of de-escalation zones where "guarantors" hold sway.
Mayor Islamabad and Chairman Capital Devolvement Authority Sheikh Ansar Aziz has said that CDA is taking strict action against encroachments and housing societies not fulfilling prescribed criteria.
At the same time, public administrations need to encapsulate reforms in a broad scope of fields such as: professionalism, leadership, demographic changes, skills shortage, people rotation, job sharing, promotion freeze, flexible working practices, devolvement of human resources practices, inclusion of ICT, etc.
The Chief Minister further said, "In terms of development, we have been lacking far behind, but due to the good and aggressive initiative by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, devolvement is now taking place all along the border.
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State minister, Abraham said the draft budget was designed taken to account the socio-economic devolvement activities and impact of continental and global economic situation as well as pledges of international aid donors.
Terrorists are the enemies of devolvement and progress; they get unsettled and freaked out if they see a country is resolutely moving forward progress, statement added.
The four-month Phase 1 implementation of CCMS involved moving the outsourcing and marketing contracts to the central contract management repository and providing CTCB with desired vendor management functions and workflow, including review, approval, audit, and devolvement.
This includes staff consideration of an offender's therapeutic devolvement, mental health stability and safety concerns displayed during advancement.