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Princeton's WordNet

  1. evolve, germinate, developverb

    work out

    "We have developed a new theory of evolution"

  2. evolveverb

    undergo development or evolution

    "Modern man evolved a long time ago"

  3. develop, acquire, evolveverb

    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. evolveverb

    To move in regular procession through a system.

  2. evolveverb

    To develop.

  3. evolveverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To EVOLVEverb

    To unfold; to disentangle.

    Etymology: evolvo, Latin.

    The animal soul sooner expands and evolves itself to its full orb and extent than the human soul. Matthew Hale, Orig. of Mank.

    This little active principle, as the body increaseth and dilateth, evolveth, diffuseth, and expandeth, if not his substantial existence, yet his energy. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.

  2. To Evolveverb

    To open itself; to disclose itself.

    Ambrosial odours
    Does round the air evolving scents diffuse;
    The holy ground is wet with heav’nly dews. Matthew Prior.



    Evolve Wrestling (stylized as EVOLVE) was an American professional wrestling promotion founded in 2010 by former Ring of Honor booker and Dragon Gate USA vice president, Gabe Sapolsky.The company featured a roster of wrestlers from all over America, as well as several competitors from Japan. The promotion had a close working relationship with sister promotion Dragon Gate USA until Dragon Gate USA's closure in August 2015. In 2015, Evolve formed a relationship with WWE, allowing WWE to scout Evolve talent and potentially sign them. On July 2, 2020, Evolve was officially purchased by WWE.


  1. evolve

    Evolve generally refers to the process of gradual, progressive development or growth, or a transformation from a simple to a more complex form. It can be applied to different contexts, including living organisms, ideas, technologies, societies, etc. In biology, it specifically refers to the process of change in species over generations through natural selection.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Evolveverb

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

  2. Evolveverb

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

  3. Evolveverb

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

  4. Etymology: [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 using our mind, thoughts, learning, awareness, education, experience, understanding, knowledge and skills.

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

    Submitted by MaryC on February 19, 2020  

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

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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. Lisa Moriyama:

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

  2. Stefan Worrall:

    I think it's hard to argue that the weakness we've seen in Japan this year has had to do with fears of a VAT hike and I think investors are much more focused on world events, right now, Japan is at the mercy of how China risks evolve, how expectations regarding Fed rate hikes evolve, and how the Brexit vote evolves.

  3. David Bottjer:

    I tell my students that all pre-Cambrian fossils are disputed by somebody because it's very early in evolution, these animals commonly don't have all the features that they evolve later on so it can be a little tricky. I look forward to seeing what the response is, but it's I think it's a very strong case.

  4. Justin Trudeau:

    I made a poor judgment call in wanting to step in on a situation that I should have just let evolve without the prime minister thrusting himself into the middle of it.

  5. Toshihiro Mibe:

    There's a lot more room for the fuel-cell vehicle to improve and evolve.

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