- 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 evolvedemerge, derive, mature, get, unfold, grow, expand, disclose, advance, open, elaborate, enlarge, excogitate, increase, result, ripen, obtain, educe
Examples from the Web for evolved
Contemporary Examples of evolved
Like many Americans—but few Republican presidential candidates—the former Florida governor has evolved on the issue.Jeb Bush’s Unseen Anti-Gay Marriage Emails
January 9, 2015
As a result, many plants and animals have evolved innovative ways to avoid inbreeding.Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family
December 29, 2014
Cuban hip-hop has evolved as well, both Edgar and Julio talk about the band Los Aldeanos as the new generation of Cuban hip-hop.Cuban Hip-Hop Was Born in Alamar
December 26, 2014
Over the years, the meaning has evolved, essentially, to “Christmastime,” and describes the period between Dec. 24 and Jan. 6.The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO)
December 24, 2014
Hair and makeup have evolved stylistically along with the clothes we wear.100 Years of Beauty Styles in 1 Minute
Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video
December 3, 2014
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
He evolved a motor cycle with which he broke all records for speed over the ground.The Age of Invention
- 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
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.