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[ih-volv] /ɪˈvɒlv/
verb (used with object), evolved, evolving.
to develop gradually:
to evolve a scheme.
to give off or emit, as odors or vapors.
verb (used without object), evolved, evolving.
to come forth gradually into being; develop; undergo evolution:
The whole idea evolved from a casual remark.
to gradually change one's opinions or beliefs:
candidates who are still evolving on the issue; an evolved feminist mom.
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 forms
evolvable, adjective
evolvement, noun
evolver, noun
nonevolving, adjective
self-evolved, adjective
self-evolving, adjective
unevolved, adjective Unabridged
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  • If he was the unevolved ignoramus here he remains precisely that in the astral world.

    Elementary Theosophy L. W. Rogers
  • Brahma represents the creative principle, the unreflected or unevolved protogoneus state of divinity—the Father.

  • We can see but a small part of it, for the rest is as yet unevolved.

    Theism Robert Flint
  • He saw this was no ordinary man he had to deal with, no ordinary circumstance; and his plan of campaign was unevolved.

    Ben Blair Will Lillibridge
  • To attempt to follow a trail now was waste of time; and gradually, as he stood there, the unevolved fury of the man transformed.

    Ben Blair Will Lillibridge
  • In a land new and wild, his establishment was the wildest, partook most of the unsubdued, unevolved character of its surroundings.

    Ben Blair Will Lillibridge
British Dictionary definitions for unevolved


to develop or cause to develop gradually
(intransitive) (of animal or plant species) to undergo evolution
(transitive) to yield, emit, or give off (heat, gas, vapour, etc)
Derived Forms
evolvable, adjective
evolvement, noun
evolver, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ēvolvere to unfold, from volvere to roll
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Word Origin and History for unevolved



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
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unevolved in Science
  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.

The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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