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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

And Fontenot has evolved to LSU’s go-to closer at times in 2019, providing stability when Peterson had his own struggles. Brody Miller, nola.com, "LSU turns to its three-closer bullpen down the stretch, maybe its deepest in years," 7 June 2019 This emerging critical mass of stylish eateries will serve an evolving demographic of discriminating diners made up of locals, tourists and the elusive San Diego resident willing to cross the bridge for a meal. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Why Coronado is San Diego County’s next A-list dining destination," 6 June 2019 Denver Post Superintendents: Colorado schools must evolve to prepare students for a changing economy. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "The Spot: What the heck does “local control” even mean?," 6 June 2019 He’s evolved into arguably the game’s most dominant—and most skilled—big men. Nathaniel Friedman, GQ, "Boogie Cousins Heads for the Bay," 3 July 2018 Proper cargo pants slowly evolved from a baggy combat staple to a ’70s protest garment, to a grunge rebel’s garb in the ’90s, to a pop-princess essential by that decade’s end (see:... Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, "Cargo Pants: The Most Hotly Contested Trend for Women," 14 May 2019 The Perfect Room evolved from design boot camps Kathryn hosted during the recession, helping people hone their sense of style. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Get Designers' Most Iconic Looks in Your Own Home," 14 Mar. 2019 Definitely expect a lot of music, and just something totally evolved from Free Form. Alexa Eschert, Teen Vogue, "Dizzy Fae Opens Up About a Year in the Spotlight," 29 Nov. 2018 Likewise, fossil spores suggest multicellular plants evolved from algae at least 470 million years ago. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "The momentous transition to multicellular life may not have been so hard after all," 28 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'evolve.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about evolve

Statistics for evolve

Last Updated

11 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for evolve

The first known use of evolve was in 1772

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for evolve

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on evolve

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for evolve

Spanish Central: Translation of evolve

Nglish: Translation of evolve for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of evolve for Arabic Speakers

Comments on evolve

What made you want to look up evolve? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a tendency to relapse

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!