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DEVOLVE, v.t. devolv. [L., to roll.]

1. To roll down; to pour or flow with windings.

Through splendid kingdoms he devolves his maze.

2. To move from one person to another; to deliver over, or from one possessor to a successor.

The king devolved the care and disposition of affairs on the duke or Ormond.

DEVOLVE, v.i. devolv. Literally, to roll down; hence, to pass from one to another; to fall by succession from one possessor to his successor. In the absence of the commander in chief, the command devolved on the next officer in rank. On the death of the prince, the crown devolved on his eldest son.




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DEVOLVE, v.t. devolv. [L., to roll.]

1. To roll down; to pour or flow with windings.

Through splendid kingdoms he devolves his maze.

2. To move from one person to another; to deliver over, or from one possessor to a successor.

The king devolved the care and disposition of affairs on the duke or Ormond.

DEVOLVE, v.i. devolv. Literally, to roll down; hence, to pass from one to another; to fall by succession from one possessor to his successor. In the absence of the commander in chief, the command devolved on the next officer in rank. On the death of the prince, the crown devolved on his eldest son.


DE-VOLVE', v.i. [devolv'; L. devolvo; de and volvo, to roll, Eng. to wallow.]

  1. To roll down; to pour or flow with windings. Through splendid kingdoms he devolves his maze. – Thomson.
  2. To move from one person to another; to deliver over, or from one possessor to a successor. The king devolved the care and disposition of affairs on the duke of Ormond. – Temple. Gibbon.

DE-VOLVE', v.t. [devolv'.]

Literally, to roll down: hence, to pass from one to another; to fall by succession from one possessor to his successor. In the absence of the commander in chief, the command devolved on the next officer in rank. On the death of the prince, the crown devolved on his eldest son.


De*volve"
  1. To roll onward or downward; to pass on.

    Every headlong stream
    Devolves its winding waters to the main.
    Akenside.

    Devolved his rounded periods. Tennyson.

  2. To pass by transmission or succession; to be handed over or down; -- generally with on or upon, sometimes with to or into; as, after the general fell, the command devolved upon (or on) the next officer in rank.

    His estate . . . devolved to Lord Somerville. Johnson.

  3. To transfer from one person to another; to deliver over; to hand down; -- generally with upon, sometimes with to or into.

    They devolved a considerable share of their power upon their favorite. Burke.

    They devolved their whole authority into the hands of the council of sixty. Addison.

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Devolve

DEVOLVE, verb transitive devolv. [Latin , to roll.]

1. To roll down; to pour or flow with windings.

Through splendid kingdoms he devolves his maze.

2. To move from one person to another; to deliver over, or from one possessor to a successor.

The king devolved the care and disposition of affairs on the duke or Ormond.

DEVOLVE, verb intransitive devolv. Literally, to roll down; hence, to pass from one to another; to fall by succession from one possessor to his successor. In the absence of the commander in chief, the command devolved on the next officer in rank. On the death of the prince, the crown devolved on his eldest son.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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