Devolve is to go down in quality or to become worse. When something deteriorates, it becomes weaker and less healthy.

  • The disease has begun to devolve into a more serious form.

  • The government is devolving into a dictatorship.

Definition of devolve


grow worse


degenerate, deteriorate, drop


be inherited by


fall, pass, return


pass on or delegate to another

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Example Sentences for devolve

  • 1

    The meeting devolved as time went by.

  • 2

    The people devolved into conflicting relations.

  • 3

    The people wanted to devolve the situation.

  • 4

    The situation devolved into a bad one.

  • 5

    Their plan is to resolve the devolved situation.

  • 6

    Their plan was successful in devolving the conflict.

  • 7

    Devolve the class into A class and delete the project.

  • 8

    The person devolved the scene into a crime scene.

  • 9

    The survivors of the war devolve back into babies.

  • 10

    Let the whole business devolve into a swamp of credulous nonsense, like UFO.