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"devolve" in British English

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devolveverb [T]

uk   /dɪˈvɒlv/  us   /-ˈvɑːlv/
to (​causepower or ​responsibility to) be given to other ​people: To be a good ​manager, you must ​know how to devolve ​responsibilitydownwards.formal Those ​duties will ​necessarily devolve on/upon me.
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(Definition of devolve from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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devolveverb [I or T]

uk   us   /dɪˈvɒlv/
POLITICS to give ​power or a ​responsibility to a ​person or ​group that is at a ​lowerlevel or has less ​authority: devolve sth to sb/sth Spending under these ​budgetitems must be devolved to ​localoffices. The ​constitutionalchanges to devolve ​power to ​localauthorities will go ​ahead.
to ​change something large into several ​smallerparts of a similar ​type: devolve sth into sth A ​keyproposal would devolve the ​centralinvestigativeunit 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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “devolve”
in Chinese (Simplified) 移交,转移(权力或职责)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 移交,轉移(權力或職責)…
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