De*volve" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Devolved (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Devolving.] [L. devolvere, devolutum, to roll down; de + volvere to roll down; de + volvere to roll. See Voluble.]

1.

To roll onward or downward; to pass on.

Every headlong stream Devolves its winding waters to the main. Akenside.

Devolved his rounded periods. Tennyson.

2.

To transfer from one person to another; to deliver over; to hand down; -- generally with upon, sometimes with to or into.

They devolved a considerable share of their power upon their favorite. Burke.

They devolved their whole authority into the hands of the council of sixty. Addison.

 

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De*volve", v. i.

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.

His estate . . . devolved to Lord Somerville. Johnson.

 

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