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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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