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devolve

Pronunciation: /dɪˈvɑːlv; dɪˈvɒlv/

Translation of devolve in Spanish:

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1.1 [formal] to devolve to o (up)on sb [duties/responsibilities] recaer* sobre or en algn [authority/power] pasar a algn his duties devolve upon his deputy sus obligaciones recaen sobre or en su sustituto
    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.
    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.
    1.2 [property]to devolve to o on sb pasar a algn

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • [formal] [power] delegar*, transferir*; [privilege/right] conceder to devolve authority to the regions dar* autonomía a las regiones
    Example sentences
    • 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.’

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