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Borrowed from Latin ēvolvō (unroll, unfold), from ē- (out of) (short form of ex) + volvō (roll).

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evolve (third-person singular simple present evolves, present participle evolving, simple past and past participle evolved)

  1. To move in regular procession through a system.
    • (Can we date this quote by Sir M. Hale and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      The animal soul sooner evolves itself to its full orb and extent than the human soul.
    • (Can we date this quote by William Whewell and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      The principles which art involves, science alone evolves.
    • (Can we date this quote by John Campbell Shairp and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Not by any power evolved from man's own resources, but by a power which descended from above.
  2. (intransitive) To change; transform.
  3. To come into being; develop.
    • 1939, P. G. Wodehouse, Uncle Fred in the Springtime
      You will remove the pig, place it in the car, and drive it to my house in Wiltshire. That is the plan I have evolved.
  4. (biology) Of a population, to change genetic composition over successive generations through the process of evolution.
    • 1859, Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species, p. 502:
      There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.
    • 2013 September-October, Katie L. Burke, “In the News”, in American Scientist:
      Oxygen levels on Earth skyrocketed 2.4 billion years ago, when cyanobacteria evolved photosynthesis: the ability to convert water and carbon dioxide into carbohydrates and waste oxygen using solar energy.
  5. (chemistry) To give off (gas, such as oxygen or carbon dioxide during a reaction).
    to evolve odours
  6. (transitive) To cause something to change or transform.

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evolve

  1. third-person singular present indicative of evolvere

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ēvolve

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of ēvolvō

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evolve

  1. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present indicative of evolver
  2. second-person singular (tu, sometimes used with você) affirmative imperative of evolver