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devolve

de·volve

devolve

 
 
pronunciation:
dih valv
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: devolved, devolves, devolving
definition: to pass on (a duty or the like) to one who follows.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: of a duty or the like, to be passed on to someone else.
The care of the children devolved on their aunt.
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derivation: devolvement (n.)
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