Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “evolve”

evolve

verb [I or T]     /ɪˈvɒlv/ US  /-ˈvɑːlv/
C1 to develop gradually , or to cause something or someone to develop gradually : Humans evolved from apes . The company has evolved over the years into a multi-million dollar organization . Bacteria are evolving resistance to antibiotics .Making progress and advancingBecoming better
(Definition of evolve verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of evolve

Definitions of “evolve” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

gastronomy

the art and knowledge involved in preparing and eating good food

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More