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2022-08-28 13:00 作者: 来源: 本站 浏览: 76 views Make a Comment 字号:

摘要: Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 28, 2022 is: devolve • \dih-VAHLV\  ̶...

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 28, 2022 is:

devolve • \dih-VAHLV\  • verb

Devolve means "to gradually go from an advanced state to a less advanced state," or "to pass something, such as responsibility or power, from one person or group to another person or group at a lower level of authority."

// Over time, the weekly book club meetings devolved into mean-spirited gossip sessions.

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Examples:

"'Leslie [Jones] and I talk on the phone all the time, and most of our conversations are us complaining about our lives or the crazy world we live in,' [Lenny] Marcus added. 'It usually just devolves into us cracking each other up.'" — Rashad Grove, Ebony, 1 Aug. 2022

Did you know?

Evolve? Check. Revolve? Check. Devolve? Now we’re on a roll—literally. All three of these words (and more) evolved from the Latin verb volvere, meaning "to set in a circular course, to cause to roll, to bring round." Latin ēvolvere means "to roll out or away"; Latin revolvere means "to roll back to a starting point"; and Latin dēvolvere means "to roll (something) down." In its earliest uses in the 15th century, devolve was about literally rolling down: it meant "to roll onward or downward." Today the word is typically about a more figurative rolling down, as when an organization devolves power—that is, passes power down—to those at a lower level of authority, or when a deteriorating situation is described as "devolving into chaos." One word, multiple uses. That's just how English rolls.



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