evolve

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin ēvolvere, present active infinitive of ēvolvō (unroll, unfold), from ē (out of), short form of ex, + volvō (roll).

Verb[edit]

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.
    • Sir M. Hale
      The animal soul sooner evolves itself to its full orb and extent than the human soul.
    • William Whewell (1794-1866)
      The principles which art involves, science alone evolves.
    • John Shairp (1819-1885)
      Not by any power evolved from man's own resources, but by a power which descended from above.
  2. To change, transform, 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.
  3. (biology) Of a population, to change genetic composition over successive generations through the process of evolution.
    • 2013 September-October, Katie L. Burke, “In the News”, 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.
  4. (chemistry) To give off (gas, such as oxygen or carbon dioxide during a reaction).
    to evolve odours

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Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

evolve

  1. third-person singular present indicative of evolvere

Latin[edit]

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ēvolve

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of ēvolvō

Portuguese[edit]

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evolve

  1. third-person singular present indicative of evolver
  2. second-person singular imperative of evolver