devolve (up)on (someone or something)

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devolve (up)on (someone or something)

To become someone else's responsibility, as of a task or job. If Joe is out sick on Monday, I know that sorting the mail will devolve on me.
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devolve (up)on someone or something

[for something, such as a task] to be passed on to someone or a group. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) This job, I am afraid, devolves upon you and you alone. The task of repairing the damage devolved on Diane.
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plant protection measures adopted by the relevant state authorities to prevent or combat epizooties), devolve upon the owner ("res perit domino").
In this case, risks normally devolve upon the buyer, who is considered owner, at the contract conclusion date; the contract establishes a certain date for operating the transmission of ownership on the asset, and until that date, the seller stays the debtor of the delivery obligation.
Article 6 of the 1874 state constitution: "In case of death, conviction or impeachment, failure to qualify, resignation, absence from the state or other disability of the governor, the powers, duties and emoluments of the office for the remainder of the term, or until the disability be removed or a governor elected and qualified, shall devolve upon and accrue to the president of the senate.
No doubt decisions about certain issues, such as what services a hospital will provide, ultimately devolve upon the board.
It does devolve upon the retired people to form the bulk of the membership of these organisations.