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evolve (i VOLV) (verb)
To produce by natural change and development: The expectations of the residents of the city in terms of services usually mature or evolve over time.
devolve (di VOLV) (verb)
To change the power and authority from a central power or governing body to that of a more local center: The corporation decided to devolve the control of sales from the head office to the local authorities.
It seemed to be a natural process that the authority in the board would evolve to a more democratic process; in fact, it was decided to devolve the power of the board completely in favor of a citizen committee.
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