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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 of evolve
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 self-evolved
Historical Examples
  • Then came the self-evolved answer, “Why, I have been asleep!”

    !Tention George Manville Fenn
  • The self-evolved feelings and impulses of a black-eyed nymph like Gnulemah were not likely to be orthodox.

    Idolatry Julian Hawthorne
  • Also his self-evolved translation of the duties of friendship is the last word on that subject.

    The Native Son Inez Haynes Irwin
  • Once it was said that they were moved by spirits, then by vortexes, now by self-evolved forces.

    What is Darwinism? Charles Hodge
  • The universe is not self-existent, nor self-evolved, neither has it any inherent power of self-perpetuation.

    The Theistic Conception of the World B. F. (Benjamin Franklin) Cocker
  • For he (Raven gave him that credit) honestly believed in his self-evolved God.

    Old Crow Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for self-evolved

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 self-evolved

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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self-evolved 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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