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devolve

verb [T] uk   /dɪˈvɒlv/ us    /-ˈvɑːlv/
to (cause power or responsibility to) be given to other people: To be a good manager, you must know how to devolve responsibility downwards. formal Those duties will necessarily devolve on/upon me.
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Translations of “devolve”
in Chinese (Traditional) 移交,轉移(權力或職責)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 移交,转移(权力或职责)…
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