Definition of devolve
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OTHER WORDS FROM devolvede·volve·ment, noun
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What does devolve mean?
To devolve means to transfer or pass on from one to another, as in The discussion about world economics devolved into talking about who earns more money.
To devolve also means to delegate or pass on responsibility to another, as in When the governor stepped down from office, his duties devolved to the lieutenant governor.
Example: I usually devolve my weekly writeup to my assistant.
Where does devolve come from?
The first records of the term devolve come from the 1300s. It ultimately comes from the Latin dēvolvere, meaning “to roll down.” Devolve was once used to mean “roll down,” but now it is more often used to mean “delegate or pass down,” which is a rolling down of sorts.
One figurative use of devolve is as an antonym for evolve. When used this way, it combines the meaning of “delegation” with the meaning of “rolling down” to describe a scene or event that has become chaotic and unsupportable.
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- devolving (noun)
- devolvement (noun)
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How is devolve used in real life?
Devolve is usually used in business analytics or general business discussions to talk about shifting the responsibilities of one member of a company to another.
The only downside to having such smart, rational friends is you're often not allowed to devolve into chaos.
— Ashly Perez 🤙🏽 (@itsashlyperez) May 25, 2016
The hour of the day when class leaves and, for this fleeting hour, it feels like there's nothing pressing to do.
Scientific inquiry: how does the rest of the day devolve into wtf did the time go and how can I even think with all there is to do? pic.twitter.com/hWBpnymVvZ
— Elissa Field (@elissafield) November 1, 2021
Snapchat has let their Discover section devolve into the tabloid rack in a grocery store checkout line.
— Ross Bolen (@WRBolen) May 3, 2017
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Is devolve used correctly in the following sentence?
The whole show devolved into a complicated mess that no one could follow.
How to use devolve in a sentence
This month, growing discontent among parents in California, Colorado and South Carolina devolved into public protests.
In Florida, which has seen a sharp increase in pediatric coronavirus cases with dozens of pediatric hospitalizations, the issue has devolved into a partisan showdown.As Some Governors Forbid Mask Mandates, Schools Are Pushing Back|Katie Reilly|August 11, 2021|Time
Well-meaning programs devolve into grievance sessions … rather than listening and trying to relate.Companies Are Embracing Empathy to Keep Employees Happy. It’s Not That Easy|Anne Helen Petersen|July 22, 2021|Time
A fusion of the fantasy and science-fiction genres, the Age of Legends is a tale of paradise lost, as a futuristic Garden of Eden devolves into a dangerous and broken world.We’re getting a Wheel of Time prequel film trilogy to augment Amazon series|Jennifer Ouellette|July 14, 2021|Ars Technica
As the Kapoor clan prepares to fulfill the man’s wish of clicking one last family photograph, long- held secrets spill out and the house devolves into chaos.
Everyone knew that that reality could easily, indeed would likely, devolve into the sectarian disaster we see now.
Forced C-section debates often skirt or even devolve into a proxy pro-choice/pro-life debate, explains Diaz-Tello.
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
Have you ever seen a character devolve into a completely different person?Breaking Bad Finale: Lost Interviews With Bryan Cranston & Vince Gilligan|Andrew Romano|September 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
We shall propose that the duty of collecting the returns shall devolve on the excise.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.|E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
There is duty incumbent on us which we cannot devolve on others.The Ordinance of Covenanting|John Cunningham
He pretended by his sole act and deed, to devolve upon these the whole authority of the state.
Besides Rhoda, Master Gammon was being waited for; on whom would devolve the driving of the cart back from the station.Rhoda Fleming, Complete|George Meredith
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