evolve

verb
\ 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

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Other Words from evolve

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

Synonyms for evolve

Synonyms

develop, elaborate, unfold

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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.

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The offense has been slow to evolve and has been a no-show in the second half the past two weeks. Joseph Duarte, ExpressNews.com, "UH hopes to hit reset button in AAC opener at Tulane," 16 Sep. 2019 But both musicians and attitudes have evolved keeping the legacy of Mumbai’s pluriculturalism steadfast. Genesia Alves, Quartz India, "Why does Mumbai need the Bombay Chamber Orchestra? Its 90-year-old founder tries to answer," 12 Sep. 2019 The Handmaid seemed to evolve from a symbol of advocacy for victims into a way of playacting victimhood. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "Margaret Atwood Expands the World of “The Handmaid’s Tale”," 5 Sep. 2019 To ward off overheating, large animals such as elephants and rhinos had to evolve strategies to keep cool. John Pickrell, National Geographic, "New discovery shows how T. rex kept its brain cool," 4 Sep. 2019 Even Canyon Ranch has evolved, with a new retreat opening this fall in Woodside, California, devoted to nature reconnection while sleeping in tree houses. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "Biomarkers, Sweat Lodges, and Shamans: Today's Wellness Retreats Go Far Beyond a Detox," 26 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, our thoughts around wildfire have evolved. Sarah Berns, Outside Online, "Why Smokey Bear Desperately Needs a Makeover," 24 Aug. 2019 Despite this, the games tend to evolve at a glacial pace, rarely making major shifts from one entry to the next. Cian Maher, The Verge, "How an ambitious fan project reinvented a Pokémon classic," 19 Aug. 2019 Others seem to have evolved after the origin of complex cells. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "We’ve finally gotten a look at the microbe that might have been our ancestor," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of evolve

1772, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for evolve

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

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evolve

verb

English Language Learners 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

evolve

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

Kids Definition of evolve

: to change or develop gradually

evolve

verb
\ 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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