American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To develop or achieve gradually: evolve a style of one's own.
- v. To work (something) out; devise: "the schemes he evolved to line his purse” ( S.J. Perelman).
- v. Biology To develop (a characteristic) by evolutionary processes.
- v. To give off; emit.
- v. To undergo gradual change; develop: an amateur acting group that evolved into a theatrical company.
- v. Biology To develop or arise through evolutionary processes.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To unfold; open and expand.
- To unfold or develop by a process of natural, consecutive, or logical growth from, or as if from, a germ, latent state, or plan.
- To unfold by elaboration; work out; bring forth or make manifest by action of any kind: as, to evolve a drama from an anecdote; to evolve the truth from a mass of confused evidence; to evolve bad odors by stirring a muck-heap.
- To open or disclose itself; become developed.
- In chem., geol., etc., to give off or make manifest by separation from a mixture or a compound: most commonly used of a gas or vapor: as hydrochloric-acid gas evolved from a mixture of common salt and sulphuric acid.
- In mathematics, to extract (roots).
- v. To move in regular procession through a system.
- v. To develop.
- v. biology Of a population, to change genetic composition over successive generations through the process of evolution.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To unfold or unroll; to open and expand; to disentangle and exhibit clearly and satisfactorily; to develop; to derive; to educe.
- v. To throw out; to emit.
- v. To become open, disclosed, or developed; to pass through a process of evolution.
- v. work out
- v. gain through experience
- v. undergo development or evolution
- From Latin ēvolvere, present active infinitive of ēvolvō ("unroll, unfold"), from ē ("out of"), short form of ex, + volvō ("roll"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin ēvolvere, to unroll : ē-, ex-, ex- + volvere, to roll; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“It is the strongest evidence yet that communication signals can evolve from the exaggeration and repetition of routine behaviours.”
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“The generations of mankind did not evolve from the intermarrying of brothers and sisters, as some propose.”
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“Rabid fans of “Sex and the City” will love seeing Carrie Bradshaw evolve from a regular girl into a sharp, insightful writer.”
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