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

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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 But to fully characterize how rocky planets in inner solar systems form and evolve over cosmic time may take another two decades or more. Bruce Dorminey, Forbes, 16 Oct. 2021 Some are driven by a clear manifesto or mission statement; others are bound by interpersonal ties that evolve with the individuals involved. New York Times, 13 Oct. 2021 For the moms, did your point of view change or evolve over the process of making and watching the series? Meredith Blake Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 10 Oct. 2021 There is certainly evidence that the Far Cry 6 team has attempted to evolve in response to critics. Phillip Penix-tadsen, Wired, 9 Oct. 2021 Resistance occurs when viruses and bacteria evolve to blunt or defeat drugs’ mechanism of attack. Riley Griffin, Fortune, 8 Oct. 2021 Ultimately, regulation needs to evolve with innovation. Scientific American, 7 Oct. 2021 Virginia Sole-Smith, a journalist who specializes in issues of body image and author of The Eating Instinct, wishes our conversations about women in the public eye could evolve past issues of weight, full stop. Emma Specter, Vogue, 7 Oct. 2021 And there’s been little sign that SARS-CoV-2 can evolve to skirt molnupiravir’s effects, which should make the drug relatively variant-proof. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 6 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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21 Oct 2021

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“Evolve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evolve. Accessed 25 Oct. 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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