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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Devolve  \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. 
  --Johnson. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Devolve  \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 
  {Voluble}.] 
  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 
  into 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  devolve 
  v  1:  pass  on  or  delegate  to  another;  "The  representative  devolved 
  his  duties  to  his  aides  while  he  was  in  the  hospital" 
  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"  [syn:  {fall},  {return}, 
  {pass}] 




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