evolve

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

Essential Meaning of evolve

: to change or develop slowly often into a better, more complex, or more advanced state : to develop by a process of evolution Some believe that birds evolved from dinosaurs. = Some believe that dinosaurs evolved into birds. Her company has evolved from a hobby into a thriving business. Some flowers have evolved remarkable means of insect pollination.

Full 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

Other Words from evolve

evolvable \ i-​ˈväl-​və-​bəl How to pronounce evolve (audio) , -​ˈvȯl-​ , ē-​ also  -​ˈvä-​və-​ or  -​ˈvȯ-​və-​ \ adjective
evolvement \ i-​ˈvälv-​mənt How to pronounce evolve (audio) , -​ˈvȯlv-​ , ē-​ also  -​ˈväv-​ or  -​ˈvȯv-​ \ noun

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web With all these wins, the hope is that American fashion continues to evolve, embracing a vision for an inclusive, experimental, and conscious industry. Frances Solá-santiago, refinery29.com, 12 Nov. 2021 The new Blowout Wash community trail system in Cottonwood continues to evolve with several miles of new routes added to its menu in the past few months. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 12 Nov. 2021 The Future of Work Leader is responsible for analyzing what skills will be most essential as the workforce continues to evolve, and sets the strategy for proposing re-skilling and up-skilling efforts for current employees. Jeanne Meister, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 The drama in Philadelphia between the Sixers and Ben Simmons continues to evolve. oregonlive, 19 Oct. 2021 The sport continues to evolve at a torrid pace, skewing younger and more athletic. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Oct. 2021 In the past decade technological advances have ushered in a new era, and the definition of gene therapy continues to evolve, Mali says. Esther Landhuis, Scientific American, 18 Oct. 2021 Mann’s transformation from college to his third NBA season continues to evolve. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021 As TikTok’s recommendation algorithm continues to evolve, Linvill holds out hope that the younger generation will be more discerning than their fake news–spreading predecessors. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 3 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of evolve

1772, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for evolve

borrowed from Latin ēvolvere "to roll out or away, unwind, unroll, narrate (a series of events)," from ē-, variant of ex- ex- entry 1 before voiced consonants + volvere "to set in a circular course, cause to roll, bring round" — more at wallow entry 1

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26 Nov 2021

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“Evolve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evolve. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for evolve

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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