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 for devolve
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Devolve \De*volve"\, v. i.
     To pass by transmission or succession; to be handed over or
     down; -- generally with on or upon, sometimes with to or
     into; as, after the general fell, the command devolved upon
     (or on) the next officer in rank.
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           His estate . . . devolved to Lord Somerville.
                                                    --Johnson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Devolve \De*volve"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Devolved; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Devolving.] [L. devolvere, devolutum, to roll down;
     de + volvere to roll down; de + volvere to roll. See
     Voluble.]
     1. To roll onward or downward; to pass on.
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              Every headlong stream
              Devolves its winding waters to the main. --Akenside.
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              Devolved his rounded periods.         --Tennyson.
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     2. To transfer from one person to another; to deliver over;
        to hand down; -- generally with upon, sometimes with to or
        into.
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              They devolved a considerable share of their power
              upon their favorite.                  --Burke.
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              They devolved their whole authority into the hands
              of the council of sixty.              --Addison.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  devolve
      v 1: pass on or delegate to another; "The representative
           devolved his duties to his aides while he was in the
           hospital"
      2: 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" [syn: fall, return,
         pass, devolve]
      3: grow worse; "Her condition deteriorated"; "Conditions in the
         slums degenerated"; "The discussion devolved into a shouting
         match" [syn: devolve, deteriorate, drop, degenerate]
         [ant: convalesce, recover, recuperate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  29 Moby Thesaurus words for "devolve":
     accredit, assign, authorize, change hands, change ownership,
     charge, charter, commission, commit, consign, delegate, depute,
     deputize, descend, detach, detail, devolute, devolve upon, empower,
     entrust, give in charge, license, mission, pass on, post, send out,
     succeed, transfer, warrant
  
  

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