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transitive verb
1. (to hand over) 
a. transferir 
The federal government plans to devolve more powers to the states.El gobierno federal tiene previsto transferir poderes adicionales a los estados.
b. delegar 
The new director's policy is to devolve authority as far as possible.La política del nuevo director consiste en delegar la autoridad tanto como sea posible.
c. traspasar 
The trend is toward devolving management responsibility to schools.Se tiende a traspasar la responsabilidad de gestión a los colegios.
intransitive verb
2. (to be assumed by; used with "on" and "upon") 
a. recaer sobre 
If the president should die, or otherwise be unable to perform his or her duties, the office devolves on the vice president.Si el presidente muriera o, por cualquier otra causa, no pudiera desempeñar sus funciones, el cargo recaería sobre el vicepresidente.
3. (to be transferred to; used with "to" and "on") 
a. pasar a 
On the mother's death, the estate will devolve to the eldest son.Cuando fallezca la madre, el patrimonio pasará al hijo mayor.
4. (to degenerate into; used with "into") 
a. degenerar en 
It was feared that the situation would devolve into chaos and civil war.Se temía que la situación degeneraría en el caos y la guerra civil.
transitive verb
1. (functions, powers) 
a. transferir, traspasar 
intransitive verb
2. (general) 
a. recaer 
devolve [dɪˈvɒlv]
transitive verb
[+power] delegar; [+government] descentralizar;
intransitive verb
recaer;on, upon sobre
it devolved on me to tell him me tocó a mi decírselo
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