verb (used with object), de·volved, de·volv·ing.
verb (used without object), de·volved, de·volv·ing.
- devon island,
- devon minnow,
- devon rex,
Origin of devolve
Examples from the Web for devolve
Everyone knew that that reality could easily, indeed would likely, devolve into the sectarian disaster we see now.
This will, inevitably, devolve into the comedian freaking out and crying on the floor.Brett Gelman Has Dinner with Your Favorite TV Sidekicks|Rich Goldstein|April 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Politics has a tendency to devolve into juvenile playground taunts and smears.Why Republicans Don't Get the Benefit of the Doubt on Race|Jamelle Bouie|March 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Israeli politics will now devolve into a fierce period of horse-trading, double dealing, and speculation.
It takes far less than 46 days for a teachable moment to devolve into an airing of fetid undercurrents from the American id.What Got George Zimmerman Charged With Second-Degree Murder|Jelani Cobb|April 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
If she were to become Mrs. Pickwick her duties might be naturally expected to devolve on a male assistant.Bardell v. Pickwick|Percy Fitzgerald
Hence you will perceive the necessity of preparing yourself for the important duties which may devolve upon you.
She never could devolve upon that if love failed her; art could only be a part of her love henceforward.The Coast of Bohemia|William Dean Howells
A tax on rent, it has been observed, would fall on the landlord only, and could not by any means be made to devolve on the tenant.On The Principles of Political Economy, and Taxation|David Ricardo
It seemed to devolve upon our young Don Juan to court this unhappy creature, and court her he did.The Pacific Triangle|Sydney Greenbie
Word Origin for devolve
early 15c., "to roll down," from Latin devolvere "to roll down," from de- (see de-) + volvere "to roll" (see volvox). Figurative sense of "to cause to pass down" is from 1520s. Related: Devolved; devolving. Also in same sense was devolute (1530s), from Latin devolutus, past participle of devolvere.