\ 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 Data that is proprietary at the moment for teams could become part of larger data offerings by the league in future seasons as tracking continues to evolve. Joe Reedy, orlandosentinel.com, "MLS debuts 2nd screen, enhanced data broadcasts for playoffs," 20 Nov. 2020 Nearly two decades later, the game continues to evolve, though certainly not to a point where there's no place for the man who changed it so much. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Chicago Cubs championship architect Theo Epstein steps down as president; Jed Hoyer taking over," 17 Nov. 2020 Ransomware continues to evolve in all sorts of unpleasant and unexpected ways. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Security News This Week: A Ransomware Gang Bought Facebook Ads to Troll Its Victim," 14 Nov. 2020 In his third season, Lamar Jackson continues to evolve as an NFL quarterback. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Mike Preston’s observations: Fast-paced offense might be Ravens QB Lamar Jackson’s comfort zone | COMMENTARY," 10 Nov. 2020 Ian Book finds a different wide receiver every week, Williams continues to evolve as a runner and the points and yards and time of possession accumulate. Tom Noie, The Indianapolis Star, "No. 4 Notre Dame football firms up foundation for what's next — No. 1 Clemson," 1 Nov. 2020 The role, however, of games in culture and politics continues to evolve. Todd Martens Game Critic, Los Angeles Times, "When even Biden has an “Animal Crossing” island: Games are the new battleground state," 30 Oct. 2020 Six Flags’ attendance has slowed for several years leading up to the pandemic, which Spanos attributed to the company’s inability to evolve the theme park experience. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, "With nine theme parks still closed, Six Flags is bleeding money and struggling to attract guests," 28 Oct. 2020 The offseason addition of Chad Morris was supposed to help evolve Auburn’s passing offense, but through four games this season the Tigers' passing attack has lagged behind. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Statistically speaking: Auburn among SEC’s worst passing attacks," 19 Oct. 2020

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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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25 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Evolve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evolve. Accessed 2 Dec. 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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