verb (used with object), de·volved, de·volv·ing.
verb (used without object), de·volved, de·volv·ing.
Origin of devolve
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.