|1.||[ verb ] pass on or delegate to another|
"The representative devolved his duties to his aides while he was in the hospital"
|Related terms:||delegate devolution|
|2.||[ verb ] grow worse|
|Synonyms:||deteriorate degenerate drop|
"Her condition deteriorated" "Conditions in the slums degenerated" "The discussion devolved into a shouting match"
|Related terms:||recuperate worsen tire age languish waste degeneracy deterioration|
|3.||[ verb ] be inherited by|
|Synonyms:||return pass fall|
"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"
|Related terms:||change_hands fall accrue|