• (GA) IPA: /ɪˈvɑlv/
  • (RP) IPA: /ɪˈvɒlv/

evolve (evolves, present participle evolving; past evolved, past participle evolved)

  1. To move in regular procession through a system.
    • The animal soul sooner evolves itself to its full orb and extent than the human soul.
    • The principles which art involves, science alone evolves.
    • 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.
  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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