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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The fossil analysis suggested that between three and six species evolved herbivore diets during in Mesozoic era. Fox News, "Ancient crocodiles had vegetarian cousins that roamed the planet 200 million years ago, research shows," 27 June 2019 Extremism comes in many sectarian shades and has evolved independently against a sense of malaise within various Muslim societies, sometimes because of European inroads and imperialism, and sometimes for entirely different reasons. Michael Rubin, National Review, "Turkey’s Africa Strategy Threatens to Breed Islamist Extremism," 26 June 2019 Supari’s growth demonstrates how independent Indian video content creators have evolved in recent times, to support different themes and formats. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "A Mumbai-based startup may soon create India’s answer to The Simpsons," 25 June 2019 The concept of natural rights as a check to state power evolved in the seventeenth century out of natural law theory. Alexis Papazoglou, The New Republic, "The Sneaky Politics of “Natural Law”," 13 June 2019 Tensions between police and communities of color have often evolved from asking police merely to deal with the effects of frayed communities, while cities ignore the causes. The Christian Science Monitor, "To clear the air, go underground," 13 June 2019 Bexar County’s racial and ethnic makeup also continue to evolve. Peggy O’hare, ExpressNews.com, "Census shows an influx of folks 25 to 39 years old in Bexar County," 19 June 2019 Wireless technology continues to evolve in ways that increase its reliance on highly precise timing, which in turn increases reliance on GPS. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Study finds that a GPS outage would cost $1 billion per day," 14 June 2019 The current proposal also calls for new bike lanes on Coast Highway and adds 20 on-street parking spaces, though the plan will continue to evolve as it is implemented. (charlie Neuman), San Diego Union-Tribune, "Roundabouts, crosswalks get inital OK for downtown Oceanside," 12 June 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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