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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Now, a new crop of startups are taking a swing at the rapidly evolving urban food-service industry by homing in on one layer of business—the cooking facilities. Marc Vartabedian, WSJ, "Food Delivery Startups Cook Up New Model That’s All About the Kitchen," 28 Jan. 2019 Istanbul's bevy of chic, luxury properties and their Soho House are reason alone to spend nights here, along with the ever-evolving food scene, with Chef's Table-famous Musa Dağdeviren's Çiya Kebap and Çiya Sofrasi in the mix. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 In contrast, the black and white projection to the rear is in constant flux, one moment depicting the Statue of Liberty as the Lehmans arrive in New York from Germany, at another a Southern city ablaze, another the ever-evolving Manhattan skyline. Demetrios Matheou, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Lehman Trilogy': Theater Review," 13 July 2018 Comer is evolving her own individual style, ranging from flowers and a braid to silky leopard print. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Jodie Comer of 'Killing Eve' Is One of the Most Captivating Actresses of Her Time," 4 Jan. 2019 But a slew of European designers are evolving the ugly sneaker trend into something even stranger: ugly sandals. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Meet the People, Trends, and Products That Will Rule Fashion in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018 The results are ever-evolving, and often politically charged. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "With This New Ballet Flat Emoji, Women Finally Have a Comfortable Digital Shoe," 9 Nov. 2018 From fur trading post to harbor of the Great Migration to icon of art deco and beaux art architecture, the city continues to evolve as a hub for folks seeking a fresh start. Leslie Pariseau, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days in Detroit," 3 Oct. 2018 That means the mole is asymmetrical, has an irregular border, is made up of different nonuniform shades of color, has a diameter larger than 6 millimeters across, or is evolving and changing in shape, size or color. Korin Miller, SELF, "'DWTS' Star Witney Carson's Foot Discoloration Turned Out to Be Melanoma," 24 Aug. 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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