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evolve

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verb \i-ˈvälv, -ˈvȯlv, ē- also -ˈväv or -ˈvȯv\

Simple Definition of evolve

  • : to change or develop slowly often into a better, more complex, or more advanced state : to develop by a process of evolution

Full Definition of evolve

evolvedevolv·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  emit

  3. 2 a :  derive, educe b :  to produce by natural evolutionary processes c :  develop, work out <evolve social, political, and literary philosophies — L. W. Doob>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to undergo evolutionary change

evolv·able play \-ˈväl-və-bəl, -ˈvȯl- also -ˈvä-və- or -ˈvȯ-və-\ adjective
evolve·ment play \-ˈvälv-mənt, -ˈvȯlv- also -ˈväv- or -ˈvȯv-\ noun

Examples of evolve

  1. Her company has evolved from a hobby into a thriving business.

  2. Some flowers have evolved remarkable means of insect pollination.



Origin of evolve

Latin evolvere to unroll, from e- + volvere to roll — more at voluble


First Known Use: 1775


Medical Dictionary

evolve

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verb \i-ˈvälv, -ˈvȯlv\

Medical Definition of evolve

evolvedevolv·ing

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to produce by natural evolutionary processes

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to develop by or as if by evolution :  undergo evolutionary change <an evolving theory of mental functioning—S. A. Green>





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