verb \i-ˈvälv, -ˈvlv, ē- also -ˈväv or -ˈvv\

: 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

transitive verb
:  emit
a :  derive, educe
b :  to produce by natural evolutionary processes
c :  develop, work out <evolve social, political, and literary philosophies — L. W. Doob>
intransitive verb
:  to undergo evolutionary change
evolv·able \-ˈväl-və-bəl, -ˈvl- also -ˈvä-və- or -ˈv-və-\ adjective
evolve·ment \-ˈvälv-mənt, -ˈvlv- also -ˈväv- or -ˈvv-\ 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


verb \i-ˈvälv, -ˈvlv\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of EVOLVE

transitive verb
: to produce by natural evolutionary processes
intransitive verb
: to develop by or as if by evolution : undergo evolutionary change <an evolving theory of mental functioning—S. A. Green>


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