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Meaning of DEVOLVE

Pronunciation:  di'vâlv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  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"
  2. [v]  pass on or delegate to another; "The representative devolved his duties to his aides while he was in the hospital"

DEVOLVE is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: fall, pass, return
 See Also: assign, change hands, delegate, depute, designate, light



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*volve"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Devolved}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Devolving}.] [L. devolvere, devolutum, to roll down;
    de + volvere to roll down; de + volvere to roll. See
    1. To roll onward or downward; to pass on.
             Every headlong stream Devolves its winding waters to
             the main.                             --Akenside.
             Devolved his rounded periods.         --Tennyson.
    2. To transfer from one person to another; to deliver over;
       to hand down; -- generally with upon, sometimes with to or
             They devolved a considerable share of their power
             upon their favorite.                  --Burke.
             They devolved their whole authority into the hands
             of the council of sixty.              --Addison.
  2. \De*volve"\, v. i.
    To pass by transmission or succession; to be handed over or
    down; -- generally with on or upon, sometimes with to or
    into; as, after the general fell, the command devolved upon
    (or on) the next officer in rank.
          His estate . . . devolved to Lord Somerville.
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