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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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11 -- Mahinda Rajapaksa will devolve powers to the Tamils of Sri Lanka, the Asian Tribune polls survey clearly reveals.
While 7% has said, 'Sinhala leaders will not allow the President to devolve powers to the Tamils'
In the meantime 36% have revealed 'No, he will never devolve powers to the Tamils.
The hog bill fails to support and assist local bodies, and rather devolves the powers of local government onto a state agency not equipped to deal with the concerns of local residents.
In as many instances as practical, power should devolve to the lowest, most local level, and the state's role should be to support and assist the local body in carrying out its tasks.
He surely knows he cannot do it unless the Home Office devolves responsibility for asylum seekers to Cardiff.