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

 

devolve on

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs

    devolve on somebody

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    devolve on something

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    devolve upon somebody

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    devolve upon something

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  1. 1if property, money, etc. devolves on/upon you, you receive it after somebody else dies
  2. 2if a duty, responsibility, etc. devolves on/upon you, it is given to you by somebody at a higher level of authority

devolve something on somebody

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devolve something to somebody

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devolve something upon somebody

 
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to give a duty, responsibility, power, etc. to somebody who has less authority than you The central government devolved most tax-raising powers to the regional authorities.