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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Upon appointing the new board members, Hahn stated, "These commissioners are especially qualified by reason of training and experience for the work which shall devolve upon them, and the appointments were made solely in the interest of the city.