• WordNet 3.6
    • v devolve grow worse "Her condition deteriorated","Conditions in the slums degenerated","The discussion devolved into a shouting match"
    • v devolve be inherited by "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"
    • v devolve pass on or delegate to another "The representative devolved his duties to his aides while he was in the hospital"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Devolve To pass by transmission or succession; to be handed over or down; -- generally with on or upon, sometimes with to or into; as, after the general fell, the command devolved upon (or on) the next officer in rank. "His estate . . . devolved to Lord Somerville."
    • Devolve To roll onward or downward; to pass on. "Every headlong stream Devolves its winding waters to the main.""Devolved his rounded periods."
    • Devolve To transfer from one person to another; to deliver over; to hand down; -- generally with upon, sometimes with to or into. "They devolved a considerable share of their power upon their favorite.""They devolved their whole authority into the hands of the council of sixty."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • devolve To roll downward or onward.
    • devolve To transfer, as from one person to another; turn over; transmit.
    • devolve To roll down; come or arrive by rolling down or onward.
    • devolve To be transferred or transmitted; pass from one to another; fall by succession or transference.
    • devolve To degenerate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Devolve de-volv′ to roll down: to hand down: to deliver over
    • v.i Devolve to roll down: to fall or pass over
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. devolvere, devolutum, to roll down; de, + volvere, to roll down; de, + volvere, to roll. See Voluble


In literature:

Many other duties are by the constitution devolved upon the governor.
"The Government Class Book" by Andrew W. Young
Then they all went away, and Harold was left alone, for his man had been obliged to leave, and thus the finishing up devolved upon him.
"Tracy Park" by Mary Jane Holmes
There yet remains to be performed, Mr. President, by far the most grave and important duty which I feel to be devolved upon me by this occasion.
"American Eloquence, Volume I. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1896)" by Various
Shortly after the action commenced, our captain was killed, and the command of the company devolved on me.
"Ella Barnwell" by Emerson Bennett
That turn, destructive of one's family, hath now devolved upon me.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Let this burden now devolve on me.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
The radical Chancellor of the British Exchequer, upon whom has devolved the task of financing the great war.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 2, May, 1915" by Various
Louisa was placed at the head of her father's house, and the superintendence of Sophy's education necessarily devolved on her.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 3 (of 12)" by Various
Of the men on whom the chief care of the horses and baggage devolved, it is impossible to speak in too high terms.
"Statistical, Historical and Political Description of the Colony of New South Wales and its Dependent Settlements in Van Diemen's Land" by William Charles Wentworth
Ned and Nat had gone to town, and it devolved upon the girls to be "civil" to the new boys.
"Dorothy Dale's Queer Holidays" by Margaret Penrose

In poetry:

We have resolved it, mighty king! with care,
With closest scrutiny. On us devolve
Whatever blame occurs!
"Daniel. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More

In news:

NEW YORK (AP) — Occupy Wall Street began to disintegrate in rapid fashion last winter, when the weekly meetings in New York City devolved into a spectacle of fistfights and vicious arguments.
I spoke at a town-hall event about end-of-life care recently that, unfortunately, devolved mostly into an intense debate on assisted suicide.
One of the things that drives me nuts, particularly about politics is how it always seems to devolve into "us vs them" rhetoric.
A meeting in Oakley about a proposed entertainment complex quickly devolved into chaos Tuesday night.
The two most closely watched races for Pennsylvania offices have devolved during the last week into snarling, sniping slugfests on airwaves in the commonwealth.
The Scottish National Party, which controls Scotland's devolved government, has pushed for Scottish independence and plans to hold a referendum on the issue in 2014.
Canada risks devolving into a country of "gated communities" with " indifferent " citizens who lose the ties that bind them as a nation, warns former prime minister Joe Clark.
NEW YORK (AP) – It's a mixed open on Wall Street as investors keep an eye on a devolving situation in Europe.
Season devolves from promise to worst ever.
First responders say medical care devolved into chaos as the hurricane's floodwaters swamped EMS stations and paralyzed ambulances — sometimes stranding medics on their roofs — all because the FDNY failed to follow its own hurricane plan.
Demonstrators against a proposed Egyptian constitution in Cairo have devolved into confrontations between pro- and anti-Muslim Brotherhood protesters.
It's not surprising that, for a couple of decades, film director Wim Wenders' plans for a movie on works by dance theater choreographer Pina Bausch devolved into a running gag.
Don't let process devolve into a popularity contest .
The Iowa straw poll has devolved into a full-blown sideshow, Branstad and other critics contend.
Mark Ruffalo's ' Sympathy for Delicious' follows the spiritual journey of a disabled DJ, but the film devolves into a blur of squalling silliness.

In science:

The pre-heating controversy devolves on a choice between internal supernova heating during galaxy group formation and external (universal) heating by AGN or some other agency at an early time.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
En una interacción, una acción es la respuesta que realiza un agente a la observación que le ha proporcionado el entorno y, finalmente, el entorno le devolverá al agente una recompensa (o refuerzo) en función de su comportamiento.
Analysis of first prototype universal intelligence tests: evaluating and comparing AI algorithms and humans
Por tanto, nuestro agente no será más que una función que, recibiendo como entrada una percepción del entorno, devolverá la siguiente acción a realizar.
Analysis of first prototype universal intelligence tests: evaluating and comparing AI algorithms and humans
AgentBehaviour A partir de la observación que se le proporcione, devolverá el siguiente movimiento a realizar.
Analysis of first prototype universal intelligence tests: evaluating and comparing AI algorithms and humans
This ” master” ground state – or simply the Vacuum state -is a central theme around which the entire concept and methodology of QFT devolve.
Mathematics : The Language of Science