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evolve

[ih-volv] /ɪˈvɒlv/
verb (used with object), evolved, evolving.
1.
to develop gradually:
to evolve a scheme.
2.
to give off or emit, as odors or vapors.
verb (used without object), evolved, evolving.
3.
to come forth gradually into being; develop; undergo evolution:
The whole idea evolved from a casual remark.
4.
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
1635-1645
1635-45; < Latin ēvolvere to unroll, open, unfold, equivalent to ē- e-1 + volvere to roll, turn
Related forms
evolvable, adjective
evolvement, noun
evolver, noun
nonevolving, adjective
self-evolved, adjective
self-evolving, adjective
unevolved, adjective
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Examples from the web for evolve
  • 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.
  • Failure to evolve can then lead to extinction.
  • New species evolve when some geographic barrier—a mountain range, an ocean, a glacier—divides a population.
  • The most impressive landscapes sometimes aren't planned ― they just evolve.
  • Only later, in certain lineages, did snakes evolve a deadlier bite.
  • He always believed the place had to evolve organically and be self-governed.
  • His style continues to evolve as the book now has a lush painted look to it.
British Dictionary definitions for evolve

evolve

/ɪˈvɒlv/
verb
1.
to develop or cause to develop gradually
2.
(intransitive) (of animal or plant species) to undergo evolution
3.
(transitive) to yield, emit, or give off (heat, gas, vapour, etc)
Derived Forms
evolvable, adjective
evolvement, noun
evolver, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ēvolvere to unfold, from volvere to roll
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Word Origin and History for evolve
v.

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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evolve in Science
evolve
  (ĭ-vŏlv')   
  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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