\ 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 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 Be strategic and let your changes evolve over time. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, "Eight Steps Companies Can Take To Be More Eco-Friendly," 26 Mar. 2021 Elgin Police Department plans to work with a consultant to expand and evolve Operation Homefront, its a gang prevention program. Gloria Casas, chicagotribune.com, "Elgin police hire gang intervention specialist to help with with juveniles who may be headed down the wrong path," 26 Mar. 2021 History tells us that viruses can evolve rapidly to evade barriers to transmission, especially when infections remain numerous. Vaughn Cooper, Scientific American, "The Coronavirus Variants Don't Seem to Be Highly Variable So Far," 24 Mar. 2021 The popular downtown Fort Lauderdale lounge the Wilder will soon evolve into a destination where its inventive cocktails share the spotlight with a food menu elevated in both sophistication and scale. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale cocktail lounge the Wilder changing its stripes, snares chef from Lionfish in Delray Beach," 19 Mar. 2021 City policy is malleable and must evolve to fit an opportunity, said Stephen Anderson, zoning attorney for Pivot. Megan Taros, The Arizona Republic, "South Phoenix residents push back on large development in iconic South Plaza," 18 Mar. 2021 The division of labour these organelles permit has allowed eukaryotes not merely to evolve, but to become more sophisticated over the aeons in ways that bacteria and archaea have never managed to. The Economist, "Mitochondria 2.0 A tiny creature illuminates an important biological advance," 17 Mar. 2021 Now reports that the company may assemble electric vehicles there highlights how these types of projects evolve. Willy Shih, Forbes, "Foxconn In Wisconsin: Maybe Electric Vehicles, Maybe Something Else," 17 Mar. 2021 In a separate interview on Monday, Mark Emmert, the N.C.A.A. president, said that while the association’s health rules could evolve, its central intent would not. New York Times, "N.C.A.A. Quietly Eases a Virus Safety Rule for Tournament," 15 Mar. 2021

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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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31 Mar 2021

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“Evolve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evolve. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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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


\ 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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