- to develop gradually: to evolve a scheme.
- to give off or emit, as odors or vapors.
- 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
Related Words for evolveemerge, derive, mature, get, unfold, grow, expand, disclose, advance, open, elaborate, enlarge, excogitate, increase, result, ripen, obtain, educe
Examples from the Web for evolve
Contemporary Examples of evolve
Plus there is another problem that the viruses pose—the problem that apparently is the culprit this year—they evolve.When You Get the Flu This Winter, You Can Blame Anti-Vaxxers
January 1, 2015
He expected European capitalism to evolve spontaneously into a market socialism of worker-owned cooperatives.American Democracy Under Threat for 250 Years
December 28, 2014
Beyond that, how will China evolve its rigid Internet policy?China’s Internet Is Freer Than You Think
December 27, 2014
In terms of the earth's history, complex life was relatively slow to evolve—and a new study finds a simple culprit.Why Did It Take So Long For Complex Life To Evolve On Earth? Blame Oxygen.
Matthew R. Francis
November 2, 2014
If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation.Martin Luther King’s Nobel Speech Is an Often Ignored Masterpiece
October 16, 2014
Historical Examples of evolve
It is doubtful if it was mentally prepared to entertain it, or evolve the idea.The Conquest of Fear
No doubt she could evolve a delicious gum from the mesquite and the incense plant.Her Father's Daughter
But it was a truce only and there was no indication that it could ever evolve into friendship.Space Prison
By the teeth of her very cats did she evolve her succulent clover.Old Familiar Faces
But only time and circumstance could evolve a strong minister.Washington and his Comrades in Arms
- to develop or cause to develop gradually
- (intr) (of animal or plant species) to undergo evolution
- (tr) to yield, emit, or give off (heat, gas, vapour, etc)
Word Origin for evolve
Word Origin and History for evolve
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.
- To undergo biological evolution, as in the development of new species or new traits within a species.
- To develop a characteristic through the process of evolution.
- To undergo change and development, as the structures of the universe.