\ i-ˈvälv How to pronounce evolve (audio) , -ˈvȯlv, ē- also -ˈväv or -ˈvȯv \
evolved; evolving

Definition of evolve

transitive verb

1 : emit
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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The profiling of young laptop-carrying Nigerians as fraudsters by the police stems from the country’s much maligned history with internet fraudsters who continue to evolve while carrying out million-dollar scams. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Payments giant Stripe has bought Nigerian payments startup Paystack for Africa expansion," 15 Oct. 2020 On subsequent albums, the guitarist continued to evolve as a player. cleveland, "Eddie Van Halen 1955-2020: Grinning guitar god for a rock generation," 6 Oct. 2020 Ryan said the pandemic would continue to evolve, but that tools exist to suppress transmission and save lives. NBC News, "Covid-19 may have infected 10 percent of world's population, WHO says," 5 Oct. 2020 Further afield, Omnia is considering opportunities in agri-tech, bio-stimulants, and bio-control, as these sectors continue to evolve. Loni Prinsloo, Bloomberg.com, "South Africa’s OmniaTurns Tide Amid Virus Storm, Set to Expand," 25 Sep. 2020 All of the core element protocols are subject to change as technology and knowledge of COVID-19 continue to evolve. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "The cruise industry will implement these COVID-19 precautions: testing, masks, ventilation, more," 21 Sep. 2020 Bonine pointed out attendance at LHSAA indoor and outdoor events will continue to evolve based on changing COVID-19 state guidelines on gathering in groups. Rod Walker, NOLA.com, "LHSAA gives OK for football restart, but New Orleans schools unclear what it means for them," 9 Sep. 2020 Yet the country continued to evolve culturally, suggesting that politics and society don’t necessarily move in tandem. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, "Understanding 2020’s confusion," 30 Aug. 2020 Ever since Black and Latino Americans created hip-hop at south Bronx block parties during the 1970s, this highly original, uniquely American music has continued to evolve, while simultaneously taking root in countless countries throughout the world. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Power and Business of Hip-Hop: A Reading List on an American Art Form," 12 Sep. 2010

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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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The first known use of evolve was in 1772

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20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Evolve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evolve. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce evolve (audio)

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


\ i-ˈvälv How to pronounce evolve (audio) \
evolved; evolving

Kids Definition of evolve

: to change or develop gradually


\ 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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