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English definition of “devolve”


verb [I or T]     /dɪˈvɒlv/
POLITICS to give power or a responsibility to a person or group that is at a lower level or has less authority : devolve sth to sb/sth Spending under these budget items must be devolved to local offices . The constitutional changes to devolve power to local authorities will go ahead .
to change something large into several smaller parts of a similar type : devolve sth into sth A key proposal would devolve the central investigative unit into six regional bodies .
to change from one thing to another, often to something bad : The stage is set for the country to devolve into military dictatorship , and few seem to care .
LAW to become a person's property after the owner dies : devolve to sb Rights to the land devolve to one's heirs upon death .
(Definition of devolve verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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