devolve definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To pass on or delegate to a different: The senator devolved the duties of company upon a team of aides.
    • Archaic To cause to roll forward or downward.
    • To move onward or downward; to pass in.
    • To transfer from one person to another; to deliver over; to hand down; -- usually with upon, sometimes with to or into.
    • To pass in or assign to another: The senator devolved the responsibilities of office upon several aides.
    • Archaic To cause to roll onward or downward.
    • To roll onward or downward; to pass in.
    • To transfer from one individual another; to provide more than; to hand down; -- generally with upon, sometimes with to or into.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To be offered or used in another: the responsibility of proof devolved upon the defendant. The property devolved to an unlikely heir.
    • To degenerate or decline slowly: After a long time the discussion had devolved into a shouting match.
    • Archaic To roll onward or downward.
    • To pass by transmission or succession; is handed over or down; -- usually with on or upon, occasionally with to or into.
    • to-be handed down or utilized in another: the responsibility of evidence devolved upon the defendant. The property devolved to an unlikely heir.
    • To degenerate or deteriorate gradually: After several hours the discussion had devolved into a shouting match.
    • Archaic To move forward or downward.
    • to pass through by transmission or succession; is paid or down; -- typically with on or upon, sometimes with to or into.
  • verb:
    • to assign one thing to some other person
    • become passed down by some one; ahead into the fingers of
    • to gradually degrade
    • grow worse
    • be inherited by
    • spread or assign to a different
    • to assign something to somebody else
    • to be inherited by somebody; in the future in to the hands of
    • to slowly break down
    • grow more serious
    • be passed down by
    • pass on or assign to a different
  • others:
    • To roll downward or onward.
    • To transfer, since from one individual another; turn-over; transmit.
    • To roll down; come or show up by moving down or forward.
    • To be transferred or transmitted; pass from to some other; autumn by succession or transference.
    • To degenerate.
    • To roll downward or forward.
    • To transfer, as from a single individual another; turn-over; transfer.
    • To roll down; come or show up by moving down or forward.
    • To be moved or transmitted; pass from 1 to a different; autumn by succession or transference.
    • To degenerate.

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