"devolving" in the verb sense
pass on or delegate to another
"The representative devolved his duties to his aides while he was in the hospital"
2. fall, return, pass, devolve
be inherited by
"The estate fell to my sister"
"The land returned to the family"
"The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead"
3. devolve, deteriorate, drop, degenerate
"Her condition deteriorated"
"Conditions in the slums degenerated"
"The discussion devolved into a shouting match"
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