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devolve

[dih-volv] /dɪˈvɒlv/
verb (used with object), devolved, devolving.
1.
to transfer or delegate (a duty, responsibility, etc.) to or upon another; pass on.
2.
Obsolete. to cause to roll downward.
verb (used without object), devolved, devolving.
3.
to be transferred or passed on from one to another:
The responsibility devolved on me.
4.
Archaic. to roll or flow downward.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English devolven < Latin dēvolvere to roll down, equivalent to dē- de- + volvere to roll
Related forms
devolvement, noun
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devolve

/dɪˈvɒlv/
verb
1.
foll by on, upon, to, etc. to pass or cause to pass to a successor or substitute, as duties, power, etc
2.
(intransitive; foll by on or upon) (law) (of an estate, etc) to pass to another by operation of law, esp on intestacy or bankruptcy
3.
(intransitive; 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
Derived Forms
devolvement, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dēvolvere to roll down, fall into, from de- + volvere to roll
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devolve

v.

early 15c., "to roll down," from Latin devolvere "to roll down," from de- (see de-) + volvere "to roll" (see volvox). Figurative sense of "to cause to pass down" is from 1520s. Related: Devolved; devolving. Also in same sense was devolute (1530s), from Latin devolutus, past participle of devolvere.

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