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Definition of "evolve" []

  • To develop or achieve gradually: evolve a style of one's own. (verb-transitive)
  • To work (something) out; devise: "the schemes he evolved to line his purse” ( S.J. Perelman). (verb-transitive)
  • Biology To develop (a characteristic) by evolutionary processes. (verb-transitive)
  • To give off; emit. (verb-transitive)
  • To undergo gradual change; develop: an amateur acting group that evolved into a theatrical company. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "evolve" in a sentence
  • "When I use the term evolve, I don't mean going from a fish to a human; I mean internal progress of the soul, a moving forward rather than backward, learning and applying it."
  • "Of course not; even the word evolve will evolve, or evolute."
  • "The single word "evolve" is never meant as an explanation obviously; there is a huge literature describing all of the mechanisms of evolution."