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English verb: devolve

1. devolve (social) pass on or delegate to another

SamplesThe representative devolved his duties to his aides while he was in the hospital.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)assign, delegate, depute, designate

2. devolve (possession) be inherited by

SamplesThe estate fell to my sister.
The land returned to the family.
The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead.

Synonymsfall, pass, return

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)change hands, change owners

Narrower (hyponym)fall, light

Verb groupaccrue, fall

3. devolve (body) grow worse

SamplesHer condition deteriorated.
Conditions in the slums degenerated.
The discussion devolved into a shouting match.

Synonymsdegenerate, deteriorate, drop

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)decline, worsen

Narrower (hyponym)fade, fatigue, jade, languish, pall, rot, tire, waste, weary

Antonymsconvalesce, recover, recuperate

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