how to pronounce devolve


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devolve is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of devolve in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

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meanings of devolve


  1. To degenerate; to break down.
  2. To fall as a duty or responsibility on or upon someone.
  3. To be inherited by someone else; to pass down upon the next person in a succession, especially through failure or loss of an earlier holder.
  4. To delegate (a responsibility, duty, etc.) on or upon someone.
  5. To roll (something) down; to unroll.

devolve frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word devolve occurs in english on average 0.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics devolve can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that devolve can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

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