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
Similar spelling:   devolve_on