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"evolve" in British English

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evolveverb [I or T]

uk   /ɪˈvɒlv/  us   /-ˈvɑːlv/
C1 to ​developgradually, or to ​cause something or someone to ​developgradually: Did ​humans evolve fromapes? The ​company has evolved over the ​years into a multi-million ​dollarorganization. Bacteria are evolving ​resistance to ​antibiotics.

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(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 ​developgradually: These ​countries are evolving toward more ​democraticsocieties. 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   us   /ɪˈvɒlv/
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 ​successfulrestaurantowners.evolve from sth Many ​investmentmanagementcompanies have evolved from ​smallentrepreneurialorganizations. We must evolve new ​strategies to cope with ​changingmarkets.
(Definition of evolve from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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