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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As the years pass, Marsai's style continues to evolve, venturing away from the trendy outfits of her childhood and moving towards timeless pieces that are bold, elegant, and full of personality. Teen Vogue, "Marsai Martin's Red Carpet Style Evolution," 21 Mar. 2019 The Neanderthal ancestors moved up to Europe before us and continued to evolve there. Brian Resnick, Vox, "A new study further undermines the myth of the “savage” Neanderthal," 15 Nov. 2018 The business has evolved over time from primarily retail, to retail and landscaping, to wholesale, Erik Wicklein said. Leah Brennan, baltimoresun.com, "Family-owned and operated business in Parkville blooms with native plants," 9 July 2018 So, even as Mexican democracy on the national level has continued to evolve, room at the local level for free and open elections has seemed to shrink. New York Times, "Criminal Groups Seek to Decide Outcome in Many Mexican Races," 1 July 2018 As attorneys and advocates work to reunite families, the fate of these immigrant children continues to evolve. Diane Smith And Anna M. Tinsley, star-telegram, "Fort Worth shelter has seen a 'revolving door' of immigrant children," 27 June 2018 Sales never again reached those heights, yet the plastic child’s toy has evolved over the years into art, exercise, even a form of meditation. Alec Scott, Smithsonian, "The Iconic Hula Hoop Keeps on Rolling," 26 June 2018 The Academy Award-winning actress has lived many lives, but in all of them, her beauty journey has evolved to become the Reese Witherspoon who gave Allure's beauty director this 15-minute beauty interview, which begins here. Allure, "Reese Witherspoon Explains Why She’s Proud of Her Gray Hair and Fine Lines," 18 Apr. 2019 However, both species evolved from warm-weather ancestors from Africa. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Neanderthals and Woolly Mammoths Shared Genetic Traits," 10 Apr. 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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