- Devolve De*volve", v. i.
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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.