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

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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Workman, Davis, Loughry and Justice Beth Walker were impeached in August over questions involving lavish office renovations that evolved into accusations of corruption, incompetence and neglect of duty. John Raby, The Seattle Times, "West Virginia Senate mulls next steps in impeachment drama," 28 Nov. 2018 Regardless of size, all penguins have the same body plan, including wings that have evolved into flippers and dense bones to counter buoyancy. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Penguins," 6 Nov. 2018 In a statement shared on both the Tig website and her Instagram, Markle said: What began as a passion project (my little engine that could) evolved into an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun and frivolity. Morgan Evans, Town & Country, "A Definitive History of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Relationship," 15 Oct. 2018 The girl reportedly had a Denisovan father and Neanderthal mother, two species of hominins (a classification group that evolved into modern humans). Prince Shakur, Teen Vogue, "Scientists Discover Remains of an Ancient Human Hybrid," 25 Aug. 2018 And then, for the next 17 years, before the break evolved into a proving ground for the best big-wave surfers on the planet, Clark surfed it all alone. David Ferry, SFChronicle.com, "Mavericks legend Jeff Clark’s favorite spots in Half Moon Bay," 10 July 2018 Advertisement Scientists aren’t entirely sure how wolves evolved into dogs, but new research into the genetic and social behavior of wolf pups may offer some clues. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Europeans arrived — and America's native dogs disappeared. They left something behind," 6 July 2018 Mostly for O'Neal's unseen combination of size, skill, power and explosiveness and for Bryant evolving into Jordan 2.0. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Golden State Warriors just copying the path of past NBA champs," 5 July 2018 Drop by Hitch*Cocktails on Friday for a drunken thriller, which begins with an audience suggestion and evolves into a full-on improvised narrative. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 5 July 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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