verb (used with object), evolved, evolving.
to develop gradually: to evolve a scheme.
to give off or emit, as odors or vapors.
verb (used without object), evolved, evolving.
to come forth gradually into being; develop; undergo evolution: The whole idea evolved from a casual remark.
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.

1635–45; < Latin ēvolvere to unroll, open, unfold, equivalent to ē- e-1 + volvere to roll, turn

evolvable, adjective
evolvement, noun
evolver, noun
nonevolving, adjective
self-evolved, adjective
self-evolving, adjective
unevolved, adjective
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evolve (ɪˈvɒlv)
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)
[C17: from Latin ēvolvere to unfold, from volvere to roll]

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Word Origin & History

1640s, "to unfold, open out, expand," from L. evolvere "unroll," from ex- "out" + volvere "to roll" (see vulva). Related: Evolved; evolving.
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evolve   (ĭ-vŏlv')  Pronunciation Key 
  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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Example sentences
The world-and the employment marketplace-evolve and progress.
Superbugs evolve when common bacterial infections develop resistance to the
  drugs used to treat them.
The letter urges regulators to help each firm develop a plan that would evolve.
Our culture evolves, sometimes rapidly, and teaching styles with it--but
  cognitive processes evolve very slowly.
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