Devolve

Definition of Devolve

De`volve´
v. t.1.To roll onward or downward; to pass on.
[imp. & p. p. Devolved ; p. pr. & vb. n. Devolving.]
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.
v. i.1.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.

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accredit, assign, authorize, change hands, change ownership, charge, charter, commission, commit, consign, delegate, depute, deputize, descend, detach, detail, devolute, devolve upon, empower, entrust, give in charge, license, mission, pass on, post, send out, succeed, transfer, warrant
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