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 Dictionary entry overview: What does evolve mean? 

EVOLVE (verb)
  The verb EVOLVE has 3 senses:

1. work out
2. undergo development or evolution
3. gain through experience

  Familiarity information: EVOLVE used as a verb is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

EVOLVE (verb)

Sense 1evolve [BACK TO TOP]


Work out

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing


evolve; develop; germinate

Context example:

We have developed a new theory of evolution

Hypernyms (to "evolve" is one way to...):

create by mental act; create mentally (create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

Did he evolve his major works over a short period of time?

Sense 2evolve [BACK TO TOP]


Undergo development or evolution

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

Modern man evolved a long time ago

Hypernyms (to "evolve" is one way to...):

develop (grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "evolve"):

differentiate; specialise; specialize; speciate (evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment)

derive (come from)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s

Sense 3evolve [BACK TO TOP]


Gain through experience

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.


develop; evolve; acquire

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "evolve" is one way to...):

change (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

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