- 1 [with object] Transfer or delegate (power) to a lower level, especially from central government to local or regional administration: measures to devolve power to a Scottish assembly (as adjective devolved) devolved and decentralized governmentMore example sentences
delegate, pass (down/on), hand down/over/on, depute, transfer, transmit, commit, assign, consign, convey, entrust, turn over, make over, sign over, give, part with, let go of, leave, cede, surrender, relinquish, deliver; bestow, grant; offload, dump, get rid of, palm off, foist, fob off
- The State Government devolving its powers on local self-governments is not to be criticised.
- Let's imagine a situation where regional assemblies over England decide to pursue the same line as London, and the national agencies are broken up so as to devolve power to local decision-makers.
- He said: ‘If you are going to devolve power to local communities, giving them a list of who should be involved is counter-productive.’
- 1.1 [no object] (devolve on/upon/to) (Of duties or responsibility) pass to (a body or person at a lower level): his duties devolved on a comradeMore example sentences
- A committee or coalition cannot instigate true love; the responsibility for this devolves to substantial human exemplars.
- The governor's call for a non-binding referendum means this responsibility will ultimately devolve upon us.
- I'm not saying that sexual responsibility devolves to women.
- 1.2 [no object] (devolve on/upon/to) Law (Of property) be transferred from one owner to (another), especially by inheritance: the estate had devolved to the heirMore example sentences
- By the Section 38 Order, this property would devolve to Highland.
- The trustee may by notice in writing claim for the bankrupt's estate any property which has been acquired by, or has devolved upon, the bankrupt since the commencement of the bankruptcy.
- The term is defined in LPA 1925, s. 205, as any real property which on an intestacy occurring before the commencement of this Act might have devolved upon an heir.
- 2 [no object] (devolve into) • formal Pass into (a different state, especially a worse one); degenerate: the Empire devolved into separate warring statesMore example sentences
- Worse, fullbacks have devolved into one-dimensional blockers who may only see action on one-fifth of a team's snaps - and they're lucky to touch the ball at all.
- If the detectives are of differing abilities it devolves into a situation where one player is deciding the best move for everybody else.
- Unfortunately, that intensity's exactly what's lacking in Yellowknife, a stylish road movie whose early promise devolves into a hash of bad sex and worse plotting.
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- Since July 2000 we've seen the devolvement of health trusts and their staff into primary care trusts.
- Let's grasp it and show the country that, with an elected mayor and a devolvement of power and authority to local level, Bolton can lead the way.
- Firstly, whether that level of devolvement can be maintained for the future, looking at the great drain that it is on resources.
late Middle English (in the sense 'roll down'): from Latin devolvere, from de- 'down' + volvere 'to roll'.