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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: devolvere, from volvere 'to roll'

devolve

verb
     
deā€§volve formal
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.
devolve on/upon
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

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