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devolve - Dictionary definition and meaning for word devolve

(verb) pass on or delegate to another
Example Sentence
  • The representative devolved his duties to his aides while he was in the hospital

(verb) be inherited by
Synonyms : fall , pass , return
Example Sentence
  • 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

(verb) grow worse
Synonyms : degenerate , deteriorate , drop
Example Sentence
  • Her condition deteriorated
  • Conditions in the slums degenerated
  • The discussion devolved into a shouting match

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for devolve

if you are involved you do the work.....but if you DEVOLVE it to someone else then you are no longer involved in it.
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by imajeeth

Well its quite opposite to EVOLVE(grow nicely)
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by saikiran

DE(not)+INVOLVE means not involved but to pass on,delegaate
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by markchain

volve-volvo bus is a powerful property, which will work only if we deputize someone.
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by sriharisharma

Devolution of power to Revolution
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by roozbeh33

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