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[ih-volv] /ɪˈvɒlv/
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
Related forms
evolvable, adjective
evolvement, noun
evolver, noun
nonevolving, adjective
self-evolved, adjective
self-evolving, adjective
unevolved, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for evolving
  • To me, that is the living and definite element-principle of the work, evolving everything else.
  • It came from teaching students who, in the course of working through a particular project, were unhappy with how it was evolving.
  • Streaming sites are evolving daily as studios and platforms jockey for position.
  • The world's palate is evolving back to natural foods.
  • It is also a place where species are evolving more rapidly than elsewhere.
  • She was immersing herself in the rapidly evolving sciences of stress physiology and neuroendocrinology.
  • The evolving national literature bears witness to this transformation.
  • The technology is evolving rapidly, but so far there is no evidence of a captain-of-industry gene.
  • Together, these pieces create a portrait of their evolving ideas about dance and theatre.
  • And their success or failure has to do with whether or not the edit reflects the artist's evolving consciousness.
British Dictionary definitions for evolving


to develop or cause to develop gradually
(intransitive) (of animal or plant species) to undergo evolution
(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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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