Meaning of devolve

de•volve

Pronunciation: (di-volv'), [key]
— v., -volved, -volv•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to transfer or delegate (a duty, responsibility, etc.) to or upon another; pass on.
  2. to cause to roll downward.
—v.i.
  1. to be transferred or passed on from one to another: The responsibility devolved on me.
  2. to roll or flow downward.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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