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verb evolve pronunciation in British English /ɪˈvɒlv/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleevolving
past tenseevolved
past participleevolved
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  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.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to develop something gradually
      how teachers can evolve new ways of working


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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