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evolve

[ih-volv]
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verb (used with object), e·volved, e·volv·ing.
  1. to develop gradually: to evolve a scheme.
  2. to give off or emit, as odors or vapors.
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verb (used without object), e·volved, e·volv·ing.
  1. to come forth gradually into being; develop; undergo evolution: The whole idea evolved from a casual remark.
  2. to gradually change one's opinions or beliefs: candidates who are still evolving on the issue; an evolved feminist mom.
  3. Biology. to develop by a process of evolution to a different adaptive state or condition: The human species evolved from an ancestor that was probably arboreal.
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Origin of evolve

1635–45; < Latin ēvolvere to unroll, open, unfold, equivalent to ē- e-1 + volvere to roll, turn
Related formse·volv·a·ble, adjectivee·volve·ment, noune·volv·er, nounnon·e·volv·ing, adjectiveself-e·volved, adjectiveself-e·volv·ing, adjectiveun·e·volved, adjective
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  • It is doubtful if it was mentally prepared to entertain it, or evolve the idea.

  • No doubt she could evolve a delicious gum from the mesquite and the incense plant.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • But it was a truce only and there was no indication that it could ever evolve into friendship.

    Space Prison

    Tom Godwin

  • By the teeth of her very cats did she evolve her succulent clover.

    Old Familiar Faces

    Theodore Watts-Dunton

  • But only time and circumstance could evolve a strong minister.


British Dictionary definitions for evolve

evolve

verb
  1. to develop or cause to develop gradually
  2. (intr) (of animal or plant species) to undergo evolution
  3. (tr) to yield, emit, or give off (heat, gas, vapour, etc)
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Derived Formsevolvable, adjectiveevolvement, nounevolver, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin ēvolvere to unfold, from volvere to roll
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Word Origin and History for evolve

v.

1640s, "to unfold, open out, expand," from Latin evolvere "to unroll," especially of books; figuratively "to make clear, disclose; to produce, develop," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + volvere "to roll" (see volvox). Meaning "to develop by natural processes to a higher state" is from 1832. Related: Evolved; evolving.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

evolve in Science

evolve

[ĭ-vŏlv]
  1. To undergo biological evolution, as in the development of new species or new traits within a species.
  2. To develop a characteristic through the process of evolution.
  3. To undergo change and development, as the structures of the universe.
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