\ i-ˈvälv How to pronounce evolve (audio) , -ˈvȯlv, ē- also -ˈväv or -ˈvȯv \
evolved; evolving

Definition of evolve

transitive verb

1 : emit
2a : 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

Other Words from evolve

evolvable \ i-​ˈväl-​və-​bəl How to pronounce evolve (audio) , -​ˈvȯl-​ , ē-​ also  -​ˈvä-​və-​ or  -​ˈvȯ-​və-​ \ adjective
evolvement \ i-​ˈvälv-​mənt How to pronounce evolve (audio) , -​ˈvȯlv-​ , ē-​ also  -​ˈväv-​ or  -​ˈvȯv-​ \ noun

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The aesthetics of eyebrows evolve through beauty history and — more often than not — soon get recycled back into the mainstream. Daisy Maldonado, Allure, 15 May 2022 The exact strategy the FCC will take against smishing will likely evolve, but expect a more concerted effort by both the government and wireless carriers. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 13 May 2022 In some people, long COVID could evolve from a viral problem into an autoimmune one, making early intervention essential. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 10 May 2022 Unlike the Justice League series, which typically had little space for personal developments, the Titans could evolve more freely. New York Times, 8 May 2022 How did that character evolve throughout the process? Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 May 2022 Her relationships with Jeremiah and her longtime crush Conrad evolve when Belly arrives looking older — and prettier. Julia Moore, PEOPLE.com, 5 May 2022 These tools are sure to evolve over time, too, as more people use VR. Rachel Metz, CNN, 5 May 2022 The finance industry must evolve its approach to managing risk and detecting fraud because restricting access to those with little or no credit history is not the answer. Ronan Burke, Forbes, 4 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of evolve

1772, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for evolve

borrowed from Latin ēvolvere "to roll out or away, unwind, unroll, narrate (a series of events)," from ē-, variant of ex- ex- entry 1 before voiced consonants + volvere "to set in a circular course, cause to roll, bring round" — more at wallow entry 1

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18 May 2022

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“Evolve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evolve. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for evolve


\ i-ˈvälv How to pronounce evolve (audio) \
evolved; evolving

Kids Definition of evolve

: to change or develop gradually


\ i-ˈvälv, -ˈvȯlv How to pronounce evolve (audio) \
evolved; evolving

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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