verb (used with object), e·volved, e·volv·ing.

to develop gradually: to evolve a scheme.
to give off or emit, as odors or vapors.

verb (used without object), e·volved, e·volv·ing.

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 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 evolved

Contemporary Examples of evolved

Historical Examples of evolved

  • But by what process a "vital unit" can be evolved, he does not condescend to tell us.

  • He insists, however, that they have been "evolved" from something, or by some unknown process.

  • If we have evolved the wrong women and men, then any reform of marriage is vain.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • Then, from the ungainly hoyden had been evolved this charming, delicate and lovely creature.

    Doctor Pascal

    Emile Zola

  • He evolved a motor cycle with which he broke all records for speed over the ground.

    The Age of Invention

    Holland Thompson

British Dictionary definitions for evolved



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)
Derived Formsevolvable, adjectiveevolvement, nounevolver, noun

Word Origin for evolve

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



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

Science definitions for evolved



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.
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