|Origin:||devolvere, from volvere 'to roll'|
1 [intransitive and transitive]
if you devolve responsibility, power etc to a person or group at a lower level, or if it devolves on them, it is given to them
devolve something to somebody/something
The federal government has devolved responsibility for welfare to the states.
Half of the cost of the study will devolve upon the firm.
2 [intransitive and transitive]
if land, money etc devolves to someone, it becomes their property when someone else dies