Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To pass on or delegate to another.
  • intransitive verb Archaic To cause to roll onward or downward.
  • intransitive verb To be passed on or transferred to another.
  • intransitive verb To degenerate or deteriorate gradually.
  • intransitive verb Archaic To roll onward or downward.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To roll downward or onward.
  • To transfer, as from one person to another; turn over; transmit.
  • To roll down; come or arrive by rolling down or onward.
  • To be transferred or transmitted; pass from one to another; fall by succession or transference.
  • To degenerate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To pass by transmission or succession; to be handed over or down; -- generally with on or upon, sometimes with to or into.
  • transitive verb To roll onward or downward; to pass on.
  • transitive verb To transfer from one person to another; to deliver over; to hand down; -- generally with upon, sometimes with to or into.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive to delegate something to someone else
  • verb intransitive to be inherited by someone; to come into the hands of
  • verb intransitive to slowly degrade

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb grow worse
  • verb be inherited by
  • verb pass on or delegate to another

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English devolven, to transfer, from Old French devolver, to confer, ascribe, from Latin dēvolvere, to roll down, fall to : dē-, de- + volvere, to roll; see wel- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin dēvolvō ("roll or tumble off or down"), from + volvō ("roll").

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