Good morning, and happy Monday. I’m excited about this week’s Word of the Day theme (okay, so I’m excited for every week…) – verbs! I’m planning on writing a grammar post that is also verb-themed, especially since my blog is just saturated with WOTD posts. So stay tuned, and enjoy the week!

devolve (aws)
verb transitive, intransitive: to transfer or be passed (duties, rights, powers, etc.) on to another.
verb intransitive: to deteriorate or degenerate

From Latin devolvere (to roll down), from de- (down) + volvere (to roll). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wel- (to turn or roll), which also gave us waltz, revolve, valley, walk, vault, volume, wallet, helix, and voluble. Earliest documented use: 1420.

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“Indonesia has devolved much authority to local government.”
Fanfare for the Common Man; The Economist (London, UK); Jul 26, 2014.

“The event devolved into violence on both sides.”
Nick Pinto; The Point of Order; The New York Times Magazine; Jan 18, 2015.

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