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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.
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.

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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Examples from the Web for self-evolved

Historical Examples

  • Then came the self-evolved answer, “Why, I have been asleep!”

    !Tention

    George Manville Fenn

  • For he (Raven gave him that credit) honestly believed in his self-evolved God.

    Old Crow

    Alice Brown

  • Also his self-evolved translation of the duties of friendship is the last word on that subject.

    The Native Son

    Inez Haynes Irwin

  • The universe is not self-existent, nor self-evolved, neither has it any inherent power of self-perpetuation.

    The Theistic Conception of the World

    B. F. (Benjamin Franklin) Cocker

  • The self-evolved feelings and impulses of a black-eyed nymph like Gnulemah were not likely to be orthodox.

    Idolatry

    Julian Hawthorne


British Dictionary definitions for self-evolved

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)
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 self-evolved

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

self-evolved 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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