evolve

verb \ i-ˈvälv , -ˈvȯlv , ē- also -ˈväv or -ˈvȯv \

Definition of evolve

evolved; evolving
transitive verb
1 :emit
2 a :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

evolvable

play \i-ˈväl-və-bəl, -ˈvȯl-, ē- also -ˈvä-və- or -ˈvȯ-və-\ adjective

evolvement

play \i-ˈvälv-mənt, -ˈvȯlv-, ē- also -ˈväv- or -ˈvȯv-\ noun

Examples of evolve in a Sentence

  1. Her company has evolved from a hobby into a thriving business.

  2. Some flowers have evolved remarkable means of insect pollination.

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Origin and Etymology of evolve

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

evolve Synonyms


EVOLVE Defined for English Language Learners

evolve

verb

Definition of evolve for English Language Learners

  • : to change or develop slowly often into a better, more complex, or more advanced state : to develop by a process of evolution


EVOLVE Defined for Kids

evolve

verb \ i-ˈvälv \

Definition of evolve for Students

evolved; evolving
:to change or develop gradually

Word Root of evolve

The Latin word volvere, meaning “to roll” or “to turn around,” gives us the root volv. Words from the Latin volvere have something to do with turning. To revolve is to turn in circles or travel on a circular path. To evolve, or grow or develop out of something else, is to unroll from a source. To involve, or include, is to roll someone into a situation.


Medical Dictionary

evolve

verb \ i-ˈvälv, -ˈvȯlv \

medical Definition of evolve

evolved; evolving
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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