[ ih-volv ]
/ ɪˈvɒlv /
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.
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Origin of evolve
1635–45; <Latin ēvolvere to unroll, open, unfold, equivalent to ē-e-1 + volvere to roll, turn
OTHER WORDS FROM evolve
e·volv·a·ble, adjectivee·volve·ment, noune·volv·er, nounnon·e·volv·ing, adjective
self-e·volved, adjectiveself-e·volv·ing, adjectiveun·e·volved, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for evolve
Hugo's evolvement of his own ideas led to much controversy, and his book was severely attacked.Victor Hugo: His Life and Works|G. Barnett Smith
All of them contributed something to the evolvement of the present highly efficient and dependable wireless.The Brighton Boys in the Radio Service|James R. Driscoll
British Dictionary definitions for evolve
/ (ɪˈvɒlv) /
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 forms of evolveevolvable, adjectiveevolvement, nounevolver, noun
Word Origin for evolve
C17: from Latin ēvolvere to unfold, from volvere to roll
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Scientific definitions for evolve
[ ĭ-vŏlv′ ]
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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