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verb evolve pronunciation in British English /ɪˈvɒlv/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyevolve
he/she/itevolves
present participleevolving
past tenseevolved
past participleevolved
  1. 1
    [intransitive] when a type of plant or animal evolves, its physical form changes over a long period of time

    These unique plants evolved undisturbed for millions of years.

    evolve from:

    a debate as to whether birds evolved from dinosaurs

    evolve into:

    Slowly, these tiny organisms evolved into multicelled creatures.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to gradually develop particular physical features

      Flowers have evolved markings that attract bees.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to gradually change and develop over a period of time

    Computer software will continue to evolve in response to users’ needs.

    evolve into:

    They’re hoping the trade talks might evolve into a political dialogue.

    evolve from:

    The research project evolved from a concept first proposed in 1995.

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