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Meaning & Definition of Devolve in English

English

Devolve

/dɪvɑlv/

verb

1. Pass on or delegate to another

  • "The representative devolved his duties to his aides while he was in the hospital"
    synonym:
  • devolve

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • fall
  • ,
  • return
  • ,
  • pass
  • ,
  • devolve

3. Grow worse

  • "Her condition deteriorated"
  • "Conditions in the slums degenerated"
  • "The discussion devolved into a shouting match"
    synonym:
  • devolve
  • ,
  • deteriorate
  • ,
  • drop
  • ,
  • degenerate