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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For some reason, Rihanna’s evolving body has become topic of very many conversations. Danielle Young, Essence, "Shutup, Rihanna Is Not Pregnant Or Fat," 14 Sep. 2019 This is not much more Orwellian than China’s evolving reality. George Will, National Review, "Hong Kong’s Summer of Heroic Dissent," 12 Sep. 2019 This is not much more Orwellian than China’s evolving reality. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: Hong Kong’s summer of heroic dissent," 12 Sep. 2019 Such ecosystems take years to evolve, and there is only so much one company can do to stimulate this evolution, which relies on third-party developers, with their own goals and incentives. The Economist, "Ren Zhengfei may sell Huawei’s 5G technology to a Western buyer," 11 Sep. 2019 Based on their research, de Santana and his team believe that the three species began to evolve from their common ancestor about 7.1 million years ago. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Newly identified electric eel is the most powerful ever found, say scientists," 11 Sep. 2019 Online tricks evolve like Pokémon, though, and fake followers are getting much harder to identify. Wired, "Fighting Instagram's $1.3 Billion Problem—Fake Followers," 10 Sep. 2019 Following this 72-hour, high-calorie rumspringa, the team spends the next few days brainstorming hundreds of potential Popeyes concepts by talking about evolving trends as well as their personal lives. Adam Chandler, Time, "The Fascinating Way Popeyes Comes Up With New Items Like That Chicken Sandwich Everyone Is Obsessed With," 9 Sep. 2019 In addition to leaving users vulnerable to unpatched security exploits, this means that constantly evolving services such as Gmail will eventually stop working entirely. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Some Chromebooks mistakenly declared themselves end-of-life last week," 9 Sep. 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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