Associations to the word «Devolve»


DEVOLVE, verb. (obsolete) (transitive) To roll (something) down; to unroll. [15th-19th c.]
DEVOLVE, verb. (intransitive) To be inherited by someone else; to pass down upon the next person in a succession, especially through failure or loss of an earlier holder. [from 16th c.]
DEVOLVE, verb. (transitive) To delegate (a responsibility, duty, etc.) on or upon someone. [from 17th c.]
DEVOLVE, verb. (intransitive) To fall as a duty or responsibility on or upon someone. [from 18th c.]
DEVOLVE, verb. (intransitive) To degenerate; to break down. [from 18th c.]

Dictionary definition

DEVOLVE, verb. Pass on or delegate to another; "The representative devolved his duties to his aides while he was in the hospital".
DEVOLVE, verb. Be inherited by; "The estate fell to my sister"; "The land returned to the family"; "The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead".
DEVOLVE, verb. Grow worse; "Her condition deteriorated"; "Conditions in the slums degenerated"; "The discussion devolved into a shouting match".

Wise words

Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for.
Ray Bradbury