Meaning of “evolve” in the English Dictionary

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"evolve" in British English

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evolveverb [ I or T ]

uk /ɪˈvɒlv/ us /ɪˈvɑːlv/

C1 to develop gradually, or to cause something or someone to develop gradually:

Did humans evolve from apes?
The company has evolved over the years into a multi-million dollar organization.
Bacteria are evolving resistance to antibiotics.

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  • The exhibition will illustrate how life evolved from water.
  • Each manager has left his or her own stamp on the way the company has evolved.
  • The universe evolved from a densely packed primal inferno.
  • Most languages are constantly evolving and changing, which is what keeps them alive.
  • These animals have evolved all the necessary qualities to help them catch their prey.

(Definition of “evolve” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"evolve" in American English

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evolveverb [ I ]

us /ɪˈvɔlv, -ˈvɑlv/

to change or develop gradually:

These countries are evolving toward more democratic societies.

biology If a creature evolves, it changes over time by the process of evolution.

(Definition of “evolve” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"evolve" in Business English

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evolveverb [ I or T ]

uk /ɪˈvɒlv/ us

to develop gradually, or to make someone or something change and develop gradually:

evolve into sth Over the past three years he has evolved into one of America's most successful restaurant owners.
evolve from sth Many investment management companies have evolved from small entrepreneurial organizations.
We must evolve new strategies to cope with changing markets.

(Definition of “evolve” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)