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Synonyms for devolve

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. devolve(verb)

    pass on or delegate to another

    "The representative devolved his duties to his aides while he was in the hospital"

    pass, degenerate, return, drop, deteriorate, fall

  2. fall, return, pass, 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"

    hang, run, perish, elapse, go past, make pass, riposte, top, diminish, put across, go by, draw, evanesce, occur, pass off, recall, snuff it, excrete, reach, go, spend, communicate, slide by, accrue, hand, drop, cash in one's chips, legislate, happen, render, exit, authorise, exceed, return, pass away, slip away, drop dead, overstep, pass on, egest, deliver, transcend, blow over, make it, authorize, pop off, fleet, regress, reelect, lessen, come back, light, flow, retrovert, give, fall out, hap, slip by, strike, go on, sink, eliminate, croak, lapse, fade, descend, give-up the ghost, repay, decrease, rejoin, take place, generate, lead, bring back, expire, overhaul, refund, go through, hark back, revert, retort, come about, degenerate, choke, turn over, turn back, overtake, come down, glide by, extend, fall down, precipitate, die, fall, pass, pass by, shine, clear, decease, conk, travel by, buy the farm, take back, go down, pass along, come, go across, go along, surpass, guide, settle, yield, kick the bucket, deteriorate, give back

  3. devolve, deteriorate, drop, degenerate(verb)

    grow worse

    "Her condition deteriorated"; "Conditions in the slums degenerated"; "The discussion devolved into a shouting match"

    unload, leave out, dribble, send packing, drop off, return, drop down, sink, drip, degenerate, deteriorate, overleap, strike down, throw, cast, fell, cut down, put down, neglect, fall, expend, dismiss, set down, flatten, pass, swing, shake off, throw off, throw away, dangle, drop, discharge, spend, overlook, knock off, miss, pretermit, cast off, send away, shed, omit

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. devolve

    impose, place, charge, commission, depute, accrue, attach, befall, fall

    deprive, withhold, recall, cancel, alienate, miss, pretermit, pass, lapse, skip

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. devolve(v. a.)

    alienate, transfer, demise, consign, convey, deliver over, make over

  2. devolve(v. n.)

    fall (by succession or by inheritance), pass, be transferred, be handed over

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    delegate, decentralize, transfer

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  1. devolve

How to use devolve in a sentence?

  1. Francesco Libertadore:

    The debate on what metrics to use to judge these mergers can quickly devolve into a shouting match, a lot of this is in the eye of the beholder. Companies, national regulators and investors do not necessarily agree on what has happened or the best way forward from here.

  2. Dana Goldman:

    These decisions about opening up the economy need to be made and it doesnt make sense to make it at a national level, it should be made at a local level, and the governors should probably rightly devolve it to some of the localities.

  3. Chuck Fleischmann:

    It’s incumbent upon all members of Congress to support legislation that keeps us safe at home and abroad, when you have … bipartisan support, it shouldn’t devolve into a bipartisan fight. We all have to be concerned about the world being very dangerous.

  4. Nancy Pelosi:

    Americans should be deeply concerned by Speaker Ryan’s sanctioning of this irresponsible decision and his complicity in allowing the Committee investigation to devolve into a sad political spectacle.

  5. State John Kerry:

    If we can better identify the 'red flags' of risk around the world, we can better target our diplomacy and development assistance to enable those nations to become more resilient and more secure – and less likely to devolve into full-fledged wars and humanitarian crises.

Translations for devolve

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • пада се на, предавам, прехвърлямBulgarian
  • delegarSpanish
  • переходить, передаватьRussian
  • ตกมาอยู่กับThai

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