Definition of evolve in English:
- His son Charles joined the firm at the age of 13 and the business gradually evolved into providing pet and garden supplies.
- The delicate ceramic pieces began with a simple meaning and gradually evolved into something deeper.
- Trains on railways such as these moved slowly, and the footpaths alongside them gradually evolved into roads.
- If all organisms evolved from a single common ancestor, what do these groups actually represent?
- It is now thought that the genes for the rod and cone pigments evolved from a common ancestral gene.
- By the late Oligocene, the two modern lineages of cetaceans had evolved from archaeocete ancestors.
- Tertiary amines dissolve in nitrous acid without evolving any gas.
- By convention, the change in heat is positive when the system absorbs energy and negative when the system evolves heat.
- The chemical reactions by which they do this evolve gas, which is why peas and beans cause wind.
early 17th century (in the general sense 'make more complex, develop'): from Latin evolvere, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out of' + volvere 'to roll'.
The word evolve was first used in the general sense ‘make more complex, develop’. It comes from Latin evolvere, from e- (a variant of ex-) ‘out of’ and volvere ‘to roll’, also the source of evolution, from the same period. Early senses related to physical movement, first recorded as a tactical ‘wheeling’ manoeuvre in the realignment of troops or ships. Current senses stem from a notion of ‘opening out’ and ‘unfolding’, giving rise to a general sense of ‘development’.
- Example sentences
- Infrastructure built on evolvable formats will always be partially incomplete, partially wrong and ultimately better designed than its competition.
- Although it looks like a load of chips, to put it simplistically, the ability to detect faults and attempt recovery and to produce evolvable hardware is at the cutting edge.
- For future missions, NASA needs machines that are resilient, evolvable, self-sufficient, ultra-efficient, and autonomous.
- Example sentences
- I believe that such tolerances and freedoms are the natural evolvement of successful free-market advances.
- Their concerns have to be built into the evolvement of any development plan.
- The theory of evolution is seen as tracing the historical evolvement of those structures or competencies that formal pragmatics describes as universal features of language use.
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