evolve

verb
\i-ˈvälv, -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, -​ˈvȯl-​, ē-​ also -​ˈvä-​və-​ or -​ˈvȯ-​və-​ \ adjective
evolvement \i-​ˈvälv-​mənt, -​ˈvȯlv-​, ē-​ 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.

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Victoria’s Secret gets credit for being a conversation starter, but the brand is not part of the evolving discussion around size diversity now. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "“We’re Nobody’s Third Love, We’re Their First Love”—The Architects of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Are Still Banking on Bombshells," 8 Nov. 2018 While the trend may be troubling for Democrats, the evolving political landscape remains unsettled two weeks before Election Day, even with millions of votes already cast across 20 states. Lisa Mascaro, The Seattle Times, "Senate slipping away as Dems fight to preserve blue wave," 23 Oct. 2018 What this means for you: Context is the new frontier for search engines, which have evolved into more than just an answer to a question. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft shines a 'spotlight' on Bing news searches to add more context," 27 Aug. 2018 The world tends to evolve on most social issues at a snail’s pace, but this shouldn’t discourage others from fighting for what’s right and just in the present moment. Vogue, "Teddy Quinlivan: Why I’m Standing Up Against Trump’s Anti-Trans Agenda," 26 Oct. 2018 If Meiselas has evolved over 40 years, so have the places where her photographs can be seen. David D’arcy, SFChronicle.com, "Susan Meiselas photography retrospective at SFMOMA," 12 July 2018 But there’s no reason to doubt Paltrow’s ability to evolve with the times. Kenzie Bryant, Vanities, "Has Gwyneth Paltrow’s Secret Hamptons Wedding Been Torpedoed?," 20 June 2018 The hot water thwarts multicellular life, so the resident bacteria have few competitors and little need to evolve. Ula Chrobak, Outside Online, "This Scientist Learns About Life on Mars in Yellowstone," 18 June 2018 Part of the beauty of being a human being is our ability to evolve. Camille Perri, Marie Claire, "This Pride Month, Remember: It's Okay to Take a While to Figure Yourself Out," 11 June 2018

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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 \
evolved; evolving

Kids Definition of evolve

: to change or develop gradually

evolve

verb
\i-ˈvälv, -ˈvȯlv \
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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