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devolve

v. when property is automatically transferred from one party to another by operation of law, without any act required of either past or present owner. The most common example is passing of title to the natural heir of a person upon his death. 2) passing of authority to a vice president on death of a president. 3) to give a territory sovereign rights to run itself.

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Under this setup, some, if not most, of these powers will be transferred to and devolve upon, the chief executives of the federated regions.
Still other instances devolve upon events that are ordinary enough, but that cause Noel to reflect upon literature and its uses, generally in an ironic mode: "La seconde prefere dormir que lire," remarks one passenger to another.
The adverse effects that will devolve upon us if we do remain in the EU mean nothing to any US politician.
Those towns with the proposed buried line seek clarification of the myriad unanswered questions about the unforeseen long-term costs that might devolve upon a municipality hosting such infrastructure.