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Definition of devolve verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

devolve

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈvɒlv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɑːlv//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they devolve
BrE BrE//ˈvɒlv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɑːlv//
 
he / she / it devolves
BrE BrE//dɪˈvɒlvz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvɑːlvz//
 
past simple devolved
BrE BrE//ˈvɒlvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɑːlvd//
 
past participle devolved
BrE BrE//ˈvɒlvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɑːlvd//
 
-ing form devolving
BrE BrE//dɪˈvɒlvɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvɑːlvɪŋ//
 
 
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Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘roll down’): from Latin devolvere, from de- ‘down’ + volvere ‘to roll’. Phrasal Verbsdevolve on somebodydevolve something on somebody
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: devolve

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