Definition of evolve verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    evolve

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//iˈvɒlv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//iˈvɑːlv//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they evolve
    BrE BrE//iˈvɒlv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//iˈvɑːlv//
     
    he / she / it evolves
    BrE BrE//iˈvɒlvz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//iˈvɑːlvz//
     
    past simple evolved
    BrE BrE//iˈvɒlvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//iˈvɑːlvd//
     
    past participle evolved
    BrE BrE//iˈvɒlvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//iˈvɑːlvd//
     
    -ing form evolving
    BrE BrE//iˈvɒlvɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//iˈvɑːlvɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to develop gradually, especially from a simple to a more complicated form; to develop something in this way evolve (from something) (into something) The idea evolved from a drawing I discovered in the attic. The company has evolved into a major chemical manufacturer. evolve something (from something) Each school must evolve its own way of working.
  2. 2 [intransitive, transitive] (biology) (of plants, animals, etc.) to develop over time, often many generations, into forms that are better adapted to survive changes in their environment evolve (from something) The three species evolved from a single ancestor. evolve something The dolphin has evolved a highly developed jaw. See related entries: Cell biology
  3. Word Origin early 17th cent. (in the general sense ‘make more complex, develop’): from Latin evolvere, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out of’ + volvere ‘to roll’.Extra examples Africa and its wildlife evolved together. Monkeys in the New World evolved quite separately from those in the Old World. More complex animals gradually evolved from these very simple creatures. Online games tend to evolve over time. Our products have been evolving according to the requirements of the times. The market has evolved considerably in recent years. The protest movement has evolved into a well organized political party. These are very highly evolved animals. Veterinary medicine is steadily evolving to meet the demands of pet owners. the idea that society evolves towards/​toward greater complexity the theory which eventually evolved from this study He evolved his style of painting while working as a magazine illustrator.
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