- 1Transfer or delegate (power) to a lower level, especially from central government to local or regional administration: measures to devolve power to the provinces (as adjective devolved) devolved and decentralized governmentMore 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.’
- 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 into) • formal Degenerate or be split into: 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'.