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  1. de·volve
    IPA[dəˈvälv]
  2. verb

    • 1. transfer or delegate (power) to a lower level, especially from central government to local or regional administration:

      measures to devolve power to the provinces
    • 2. (of duties or responsibility) pass to (a body or person at a lower level):

      his duties devolved on a comrade
    • 3. degenerate or be split into:

      the Empire devolved into separate warring states
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: devolve, 3rd person present: devolves, gerund or present participle: devolving, past tense: devolved, past participle: devolved

    • verb

      transfer or delegate (power) to a lower level, especially from central government to local or regional administration:

      (of duties or responsibility) pass to (a body or person at a lower level):

    • adjective

      having had power transferred or delegated to a lower level, especially from central government to local or regional administration:
    • adjective

      having had power transferred or delegated to a lower level, especially from central government to local or regional administration:
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