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[ih-volv] /ɪˈvɒlv/

verb (used with object), evolved, evolving.
to develop gradually:
to evolve a scheme.
to give off or emit, as odors or vapors.
verb (used without object), evolved, evolving.
to come forth gradually into being; develop; undergo :
The whole idea evolved from a casual remark.
Biology. to develop by a process of to a different adaptive state or condition:
The human species evolved from an ancestor that was probably arboreal.
to develop or cause to develop gradually
(intransitive) (of animal or plant species) to undergo evolution
(transitive) to yield, emit, or give off (heat, gas, vapour, etc)

1640s, “to unfold, open out, expand,” from Latin evolvere “to unroll,” especially of books; figuratively “to make clear, disclose; to produce, develop,” from ex- “out” (see ex-) + volvere “to roll” (see volvox). Meaning “to develop by natural processes to a higher state” is from 1832. Related: Evolved; evolving.


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