(verb) undergo development or evolution; “Modern man evolved a long time ago”

develop, acquire, evolve

(verb) gain through experience; “I acquired a strong aversion to television”; “Children must develop a sense of right and wrong”; “Dave developed leadership qualities in his new position”; “develop a passion for painting”

evolve, germinate, develop

(verb) work out; “We have developed a new theory of evolution”

Source: WordNet® 3.1



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

To move in regular procession through a system.

(intransitive) To change; transform.

To come into being; develop.

(biology) Of a population, to change genetic composition over successive generations through the process of evolution.

(chemistry) To give off (gas, such as oxygen or carbon dioxide during a reaction).

(transitive) To cause something to change or transform.

Source: Wiktionary

E*volve", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Evolved; p. pr. & vb. n. Evolving.] Etym: [L. evolvere, evolutum; e out + volvere to roll. See Voluble.]

1. To unfold or unroll; to open and expand; to disentangle and exhibit clearly and satisfactorily; to develop; to derive; to educe. The animal soul sooner evolves itself to its full orb and extent than the human soul. Sir. M. Hale. The principles which art involves, science alone evolves. Whewell. Not by any power evolved from man's own resources, but by a power which descended from above. J. C. Shairp.

2. To throw out; to emit; as, to evolve odors.

E*volve", v. i.

Definition: To become open, disclosed, or developed; to pass through a process of evolution. Prior.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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