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Definition of devolve:

  1. 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.
  2. To roll onward or downward; to pass on.
  3. To transfer from one person to another; to deliver over; to hand down; - generally with upon, sometimes with to or into.

Synonyms:

egest, reelect, democratise, drop off, democratize, put across, pass along, set down, glide by, overhaul, retrovert, draw, render, dismiss, clear, elapse, fleet, give back, lessen, happen, sink, guide, retrograde, perish, centralize, put down, decentralise, go on, go down, throw, dangle, send packing, overleap, decentralize, take back, throw away, revert, surpass, go through, transcend, unload, run, strike down, send away, strike, exit, worsen, drop down, make pass, fall out, omit, neglect, diminish, come about, lead, go along, throw off, pass by, give-up the ghost, go across, come back, return, hand, refund, take place, degenerate, discharge, conk, go past, die, evanesce, extend, shed, snuff it, accrue, eliminate, knock off, kick the bucket, decrease, occur, authorise, excrete, retort, leave out, dribble, hark back, expend, recall, decease, crumble, decay, croak, light, deindustrialize, top, precipitate, drop dead, go by, give, choke, miss, reach, settle, bring back, atrophy, exceed, go, yield, fade, blow over, cast off, travel by, drop, come down, turn back, shine, cast, pass, rejoin, develop, legislate, pass off, deteriorate, drip, regress, come, pop off, descend, ebb, rot, decline, shake off, riposte, cash in one's chips, overstep, pass away, expire, turn over, fell, generate, authorize, hang, lapse, overtake, fall, repay, buy the farm, fall down, centralise, flatten, pretermit, spend, make it, slip away, hap, deliver, communicate, overlook, pass on, swing, flow, slide by, slip by, denationalize, cut down.

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