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verb (used with object), e·volved, e·volv·ing.
  1. to develop gradually: to evolve a scheme.
  2. to give off or emit, as odors or vapors.
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verb (used without object), e·volved, e·volv·ing.
  1. to come forth gradually into being; develop; undergo evolution: The whole idea evolved from a casual remark.
  2. to gradually change one's opinions or beliefs: candidates who are still evolving on the issue; an evolved feminist mom.
  3. 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
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 self-evolving

Historical Examples of self-evolving

  • The universe is a self-supporting, self-evolving machine, and God is an isolated, incommunicable abstraction.

    The Theistic Conception of the World

    B. F. (Benjamin Franklin) Cocker

  • In the self-evolving life of the place there has been a strong trend toward associated life, which has reconditioned everything.

    Revisiting the Earth

    James Langdon Hill

  • Or, rather, the impulse that constitutes his life as man, is the self-evolving activity of reason.

  • We propose to look into this self-evolving process, as he and his brother evolutionists describe their theory.

British Dictionary definitions for self-evolving


  1. to develop or cause to develop gradually
  2. (intr) (of animal or plant species) to undergo evolution
  3. (tr) to yield, emit, or give off (heat, gas, vapour, etc)
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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 self-evolving



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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

self-evolving 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.
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