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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


EVOLVE Defined for Kids

evolve

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verb \i-ˈvälv\

Definition of evolve

evolvedevolv·ing

  1. :  to change or develop gradually



Word Root of evolve

The Latin word volvere, meaning “to roll” or “to turn around,” gives us the root volv. Words from the Latin volvere have something to do with turning. To revolve is to turn in circles or travel on a circular path. To evolve, or grow or develop out of something else, is to unroll from a source. To involve, or include, is to roll someone into a situation.


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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