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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 de·volve /dɪˈvɑlv, ˈvɔlv, di-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·volve v. t. [imp. & p. p. Devolved p. pr. & vb. n. Devolving.]
 1. To roll onward or downward; to pass on.
 Every headlong stream
 Devolves its winding waters to the main.   --Akenside.
    Devolved his rounded periods.   --Tennyson.
 2. To transfer from one person to another; to deliver over; to hand down; -- generally with upon, sometimes with to or into.
    They devolved a considerable share of their power upon their favorite.   --Burke.
    They devolved their whole authority into the hands of the council of sixty.   --Addison.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.
    His estate . . . devolved to Lord Somerville.   --Johnson.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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,
      3: grow worse; "Her condition deteriorated"; "Conditions in the
         slums degenerated"; "The discussion devolved into a
         shouting match" [syn: deteriorate, drop, degenerate]
         [ant: recuperate]