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Princeton's WordNet

  1. evolve, germinate, develop(verb)

    work out

    "We have developed a new theory of evolution"

  2. evolve(verb)

    undergo development or evolution

    "Modern man evolved a long time ago"

  3. develop, acquire, evolve(verb)

    gain through experience

    "I acquired a strong aversion to television"; "Children must develop a sense of right and wrong"; "Dave developed leadership qualities in his new position"; "develop a passion for painting"


  1. evolve(Verb)

    To move in regular procession through a system.

  2. evolve(Verb)

    To develop.

  3. evolve(Verb)

    Of a population, to change genetic composition over successive generations through the process of evolution.

  4. Origin: From evolvere, present active infinitive of evolvo, from e, short form of ex, + volvo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Evolve(verb)

    to unfold or unroll; to open and expand; to disentangle and exhibit clearly and satisfactorily; to develop; to derive; to educe

  2. Evolve(verb)

    to throw out; to emit; as, to evolve odors

  3. Evolve(verb)

    to become open, disclosed, or developed; to pass through a process of evolution

  4. Origin: [L. evolvere, evolutum; e out + volvere to roll. See Voluble.]


  1. Evolve

    Evolve is the twelfth studio album by singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco, released in 2003. The album won DiFranco and Brian Grunert a Grammy Award for Best Recording Package in 2004. This album is more eclectic and stylistically venturous than DiFranco's previous works, experimenting with styles such as jazz and funk.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Evolve

    e-volv′, v.t. to unroll: to disclose: to develop: to unravel.—v.i. to disclose itself: to result.—n. Ev′olūte (math.), an original curve from which another curve (the involute) is described by the end of a thread gradually unwound from the former.—adj. Evolv′able, that can be drawn out.—n. Evolve′ment.—adj. Evolv′ent. [L. evolvĕree, out, volvĕre, volūtum, to roll.]

Editors Contribution

  1. evolve

    To improve or change using awareness, education, experience, knowledge and skills.

    You could see how they did evolve, it was amazing to see.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 19, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'evolve' in Verbs Frequency: #718

How to pronounce evolve?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of evolve in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of evolve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of evolve in a Sentence

  1. Cometan:

    I must question, for if not, how can I evolve?

  2. John Barbagallo:

    Progressive Insurance needs to continue to evolve.

  3. Manual Braga da Cruz:

    But the situation is fluid, unstable and could evolve.

  4. RJ Intindola – (Gandolfo):

    Lovers only become soulmates when they evolve into one soul.

  5. Lisa Moriyama:

    If a relationship is to evolve, it must go through a series of endings.

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