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
evolvableplay \-ˈväl-və-bəl, -ˈvȯl- also -ˈvä-və- or -ˈvȯ-və-\ adjective
evolvementplay \-ˈvälv-mənt, -ˈvȯlv- also -ˈväv- or -ˈvȯv-\ noun
Examples of evolve in a sentence
Her company has evolved from a hobby into a thriving business.
Some flowers have evolved remarkable means of insect pollination.
Origin and Etymology of evolve
Latin evolvere to unroll, from e- + volvere to roll — more at voluble
First Known Use: 1775
EVOLVE Defined for Kids
Definition of evolve for Students
: 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 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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