• WordNet 3.6
    • v evolve undergo development or evolution "Modern man evolved a long time ago"
    • v evolve 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"
    • v evolve work out "We have developed a new theory of evolution"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It has been proven that feathers directly evolved from reptiles' scales. Therefore, birds came after reptiles.
    • v. i Evolve To become open, disclosed, or developed; to pass through a process of evolution.
    • Evolve To throw out; to emit; as, to evolve odors.
    • Evolve 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.""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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Many scientists believe that birds evolved from reptiles. Both species lay eggs, and they both have egg teeth that serve only one purpose: to help the babies break the egg and enter the world. Egg teeth fall off within hours of birth.
    • evolve To unfold; open and expand.
    • evolve To unfold or develop by a process of natural, consecutive, or logical growth from, or as if from, a germ, latent state, or plan.
    • evolve To unfold by elaboration; work out; bring forth or make manifest by action of any kind: as, to evolve a drama from an anecdote; to evolve the truth from a mass of confused evidence; to evolve bad odors by stirring a muck-heap.
    • evolve To open or disclose itself; become developed.
    • evolve In chem., geol., etc., to give off or make manifest by separation from a mixture or a compound: most commonly used of a gas or vapor: as hydrochloric-acid gas evolved from a mixture of common salt and sulphuric acid.
    • evolve In mathematics, to extract (roots).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The military salute originated during the medieval times. Knights in armor used to raise their visors to reveal their identity, and the motion later evolved into the modern-day salute.
    • v.t Evolve e-volv′ to unroll: to disclose: to develop: to unravel
    • v.i Evolve to disclose itself: to result
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  • Frank C. Carlucci
    Frank C. Carlucci
    “The budget evolved from a management tool into an obstacle to management.”
  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”
  • John Galsworthy
    John Galsworthy
    “When Man evolved Pity, he did a queer thing -- deprived himself of the power of living life as it is without wishing it to become something different.”
  • Dr. Frederick Tilney
    Dr. Frederick Tilney
    “We will by conscious command evolve cerebral centers which will permit us to use powers that we now are not even capable of imagining.”
  • Robert Collier
    “Every contrivance of man, every tool, every instrument, every utensil, every article designed for use, of each and every kind, evolved from a very simple beginnings.”
  • John Gall
    John Gall
    “A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that works.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. evolvere, evolutum,; e, out + volvere, to roll. See Voluble


In literature:

The reptile now evolved from the amphibian, and a vast reptile population spread over the earth.
"The World's Greatest Books - Volume 15 - Science" by Various
The stories which had their origin here evolved and grew, and became known in all the rude cabins.
"In The Boyhood of Lincoln" by Hezekiah Butterworth
That was his sole trick, if indeed it could be so classed, for he evolved it entirely himself.
"'Murphy'" by Major Gambier-Parry
From this symbol the horseshoe's power to ward off evil and bring good luck has been evolved.
"Religion and Lust" by James Weir
It is not by dividing the evolved that we shall reach the principle of that which evolves.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
For example, in the seventeenth century they evolved a portable dial that could be carried from place to place.
"Christopher and the Clockmakers" by Sara Ware Bassett
In this desperate frame of mind he evolved a daring plan.
"Omega, the Man" by Lowell Howard Morrow
Man is completely involved with and evolved from the bosom of Nature.
"The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul" by Jirah D. Buck
But if pyrites obtain oxygen from water, that water must suffer a decomposition, and hydrogen gas be evolved.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
This later evolves into a sense of relationship between other people and their concrete environment.
"Here and Now Story Book" by Lucy Sprague Mitchell

In poetry:

My sages God's commandments frame
From maxims of the desk:
My Art, from poverty and shame,
Evolves the Picturesque:
"Prosperity" by Bernard O Dowd
So he sat him down for another fling,
And his time-exposure mind
Evolved a topical sort of thing,
Of a gay and hum'rous kind.
"The Mystic" by C J Dennis
Strong with the feast he roars and runs,
And, in his maw unfurled,
Evolves the folded fires of suns
That lit a grander world!
"The Young Man's Song" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
"'Give me,' he has said, 'but the matter
And means the gods lot her,
My brain could evolve a creation
More seemly, more sane.'
"The Mother Mourns." by Thomas Hardy
Out of some love-impassioned strain
Of saints, the rose evolved its bloom;
And, dreaming of it here again,
Perhaps re-lives it as perfume.
"Transmutation" by Madison Julius Cawein
There in its last volcanic throes
A dying world perhaps dissolves;
Further still, where the sun-mist glows,
A mighty, new-born sun evolves;
Ceaseless change in an endless sky!
What does it mean to live and die?
"Mysteries" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

Studies of more than 300 mammalian species have shown that salivary glands , because they are nonessential to life, have a greater capacity to evolve than the body's vital organs.
As TV Evolves, a Glaring Problem: Characters Who Don't Change.
Throughout its 151 years, the agency has evolved with technological changes.
H2G2, a continually evolving online encyclopedia based in the UK that touts itself as a "guide to life" provides a list of various countries and how their citizens generally view gratuities .
Monster trucks have evolved from stock trucks with lift kits and huge tires into some of the more technically advanced racing machines around.
How to respond to Boko Haram 's evolving threat to Nigeria.
'It's evolved over a decade's worth of internal and external struggle,' says frontman.
There is no doubt that the National Football League has evolved into a passing league.
The allure of the hamburger has certainly evolved over the last few decades.
Coach Mike D'Antoni's rotation is an ever-evolving machine with parts that grow, shrink, disappear, and switch roles constantly.
KENT, UNITED KINGDOM— As if humans needed more evidence to suggest they might have evolved from gorillas, a gorilla in the United Kingdom walks on only two feet.
For a good look inside the ever-evolving family home, just watch some TV this fall.
The moral analysis of "mutilation"–traditionally understood as an intrinsically evil act, has evolved in interesting ways.
I always felt that Microsoft's move to evolve its on-premises servers into online services would pay big dividends with smaller businesses.
Over the past 2 decades, the surgical management of inverted papillomas has evolved from extensive radical excision to more conservative surgery.

In science:

The dotted line in Fig. 5 corresponds to the present best estimate of the contribution from a non-evolving population with a luminosity function consistent with that in the IRAS 12 µm band derived by Xu et al. and Fang et al.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
This behaviour is better consistent with a locally small fraction of IR galaxies to evolve.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
The IR counts in Fig. 5 are reproduced with the contribution of two source populations, one evolving, the other with constant properties as a function of time.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
In our scheme, any single galaxy would be expected to spend most of its life in the quiescent (non-evolving) phase, being occasionally put by interactions in a short-lived (few 107 yrs) starbursting state.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
For comparison, solutions with single spectral energy distributions for the evolving populations were also tried.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View