devolve devolve  /dɪ ˈvɑlv/


  1. (v) pass on or delegate to another
  2. (v) be inherited by
  3. (v) grow worse


Derived Word(s)


  1. That brings Harry into the plot, and things devolve from there.
  2. Duplicated endlessly as a hip fashion accessory, it threatened to devolve into a meaningless emblem of benign and groovy sentiment.
  3. But I also think that in a brute contest in a 50-50 nation with so much power at stake, I have felt a lot of concern that things would devolve into the low, and of course they have.


  1. Tamils want more devolved power in Sri Lanka's north

    Ahead of Sri Lanka's planned provincial election in a former war zone, the country's main ethnic minority Tamil party is pushing to have as much power devolved from Colombo as possible.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: IRIN

  2. PlayStation 4 graphics outlined with The Dark Sorcerer video demo

    Sony has been rolling out the video game previews this evening, with one in particular aiming to show off both the console’s excellent graphics and, by proxy, the detailed, realistic expressions that can be shown through it. The Dark Sorcerer trailer is a couple minutes long, and starts out a tad stereotypical, only to devolve Read The Full Story
    on June 11, 2013     Source: SlashGear

  3. Battery Lasts for 25 Years

    Being the tech fans that we are, we’re all well familiar with the relatively short half-life of current lithium-ion batteries. A gadget out of the box can start off with a stellar charge life can quickly devolve into brick unless it’s hooked to the wall every six hours.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Fox News


  1. "When the presidency is vacant, the powers of the presidency devolve to the cabinet ...... which is the legitimate and constitutional cabinet," Siniora told a news conference after meeting the Maronite Christian patriarch, Nasrallah Sfeir....
    on Nov 23, 2007 By: Fuad Saniora Source: Reuters

  2. "A federal Iraq is a united Iraq, but one in which extensive powers devolve to the regions, with the central government responsible for truly common concerns," Biden wrote.
    on Oct 11, 2007 By: Joe Biden Source: Forbes

  3. "The Pacific cannot devolve into an area where strong men unilaterally decide the fates of their country and destabilize democratic foundations of their neighbors," Rice said.
    on May 7, 2007 By: Condoleezza Rice Source: International Herald Tribune

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