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evolve

e·volve

evolve

 
 
pronunciation:
ih valv
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: evolved, evolves, evolving
definition 1: to develop, achieve, or devise gradually.
Engineers are evolving new kinds of automobile engines.
synonyms:
perfect
similar words:
develop, improve, metamorphose
definition 2: to develop or change by an evolutionary process.
Nature has evolved similar species in widely separated areas.
 
similar words:
adapt, develop, fit, grow, metamorphose
definition 3: to give off; emit.
synonyms:
emit
similar words:
discharge
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to develop gradually; come into being.
The revolution evolved during years of suffering.The plan evolved over many weeks of discussion.
synonyms:
develop, grow
similar words:
arise, emerge, result
definition 2: to develop or change into a more complex state.
The human's larger brain evolved over a fairly short time in the history of the Earth.
synonyms:
develop, mature
similar words:
advance, change, grow, improve, progress, ripen
derivations: evolvable (adj.), evolvement (n.), evolver (n.)
Word Parts
The word evolve contains the following parts:
e- Latin prefix that means out, out of, away
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The prefix e- is an assimilated form of ex- used before roots beginning with certain consonants (b d, g, j, l, m, n, r, v). See ex-.