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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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In similar vein, researchers [12,46,40] have highlighted the benefits of devolvement of HRM to line managers.
The construction started in mid 80s in an area of 133 acre with the assistance from the Ministry for Devolvement of North East Region (DoNER).
He added that this occasion comes to us while our country enjoys progress, prosperity, security and stability; thanks to the consecutive devolvement plans and programs that focused on the Omani man as the goal for development and its effective tool.
The overseas banks pulled the trigger on Winsome following the devolvement of LCs worth about Rs 500 crore.
The old slow-cycle, epiphany-sucking, dehumanizing devolvement of the publication of educational systems--which numb the minds of our children rather than stimulate them--is dead.
Content analysis methodologies have been applied to the scholarly and professional literature in order to address the evolution and devolvement of scholarly areas or topics of interest (Denzin & Lincoln, 1998).
In particular, NPM discourse has appropriated in PtPF; yet as we pointed out in the introduction, PtPF some of the vocabulary of social welfare and democratic collaboration via language that suggests that outsourcing and devolvement should be based on trust, partnerships, and community in a more pluralistic or differentiated polity.
These quantitative and qualitative findings are interesting given the on-going integration and devolvement processes.
Not in England, only in the other UK countries, We call our brothers, "Free" to our brothers - university - retirement homes Prescriptions - et al, Not in England where the governing power "lies" Yet it is we who take the fall, Devolvement, they call it, our so-called pals nod, And in so doing they get the lot, The English are kept separate from the rest, It's surely discrimination, but who gives a jot?
Only 1 of the patients would have been considered "at risk" for devolvement of cystine stones according to the 24-h collection results.
Atta-ur-Rahman said that he had consulted the top scientists and academicians of the country before going to the nation and they were unanimous of the opinion that the devolvement of HEC will lead to a collapse of the higher education sector which had made remarkable progress during the last eight years.
Rather than devolvement, we must strive for improved partnerships and collaboration across services, with appropriate workforce development and funding models so clinicians are appropriately skilled and positioned.
But several leaks ahead of next month's publication of a report into the funding of rail costs by Sir Roy McNulty have claimed that Network Rail will lose control of its operations to Merseyrail and Scotrail as part of a devolvement of power to the regions.
CRISIL's negative outlook reflects SCIL's stretched liquidity position reflected from overutilisation of bank lines, devolvement of letter of credit along with insufficient cash accruals against term loan repayments of Rs.
Vranich (2004) also concludes that America's passenger trains have great potential if we pursue privatization, franchising, and devolvement of services to more responsive regional and state transportation agencies;