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The word evolve and its family (evolution, evolved, evolving, evolves, evolutionary, evolutionist, evolutionists) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the verb evolve

What does evolve mean as a doing word?

Evolve is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: evolved | evolving | evolves

  1. work out
    • example: Did he evolve his major works over a short period of time?
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonyms of evolve: develop / germinate
    • more generic terms: create by mental act / create mentally = create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands
  2. undergo development or evolution
    • example: Modern man evolved a long time ago
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      there [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Location]There appeared a ship on the horizonVerbs of Appearance: appear, arise, awake, awaken, break, burst, coalesce, come, dawn, derive, develop, emanate, emerge, erupt, exude, flow, form, grow, gush, issue, materialize, open, plop, pop up, re-emerge, reappear, result, rise, show up, spill, spread, spring up, steal, stem, stream, supervene, surge, take shape, wax
      [Theme] [Verb]A ship appeared
      [Theme] [Verb] [Location, locative adverb]It appeared there
      [Theme] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location]A ship appeared on the horizon
      [Locative Preposition] [Location] [Verb] [Theme]On the horizon appeared a large ship
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Material] into [Product]The gardener grew that acorn into an oak treeVerbs of Transformation: develop, generate, grow, hatch, mature
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Product] from / out of [Material]The gardener grew an oak tree from that acorn
      [Material - concrete object] [Verb] into [Product]That acorn will grow into an oak tree
      [Product - concrete object] [Verb] from / out of [Material]An oak tree will grow from that acorn
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: develop = grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment
    • more specific words:
  3. gain through experience
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Material] into [Product]The gardener grew that acorn into an oak tree
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Product] from / out of [Material]The gardener grew an oak tree from that acorn
      [Material - concrete object] [Verb] into [Product]That acorn will grow into an oak tree
      [Product - concrete object] [Verb] from / out of [Material]An oak tree will grow from that acorn

      Verbs of Transformation (with the same syntax): develop, generate, grow, hatch, mature.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of evolve: acquire / develop
    • more generic word: change = undergo a change; become different in essence

Alternative definition of the verb evolve


  1. To move in regular procession through a system.
  2. To develop.


"Evolve" is a video game.

  • mode: Cooperative gameplay, Multiplayer video game, Single-player video game
  • developer: Turtle Rock Studios
  • genres: First-person Shooter, Cooperative game
  • publisher: 2K Games
  • released on


  1. "Evolve" is the second EP by American deathcore band, Chelsea Grin, released on June 19, 2012 through Artery Recordings. It is the first release by the band with guitarist Jason Richardson taking up lead guitar since his departure from Born of Osiris and the last release to feature Andrew Carlston on drums. Evolve was mixed by Jason Suecof and was engineered by famed metal producer and Dååth guitarist, Eyal Levi.
  2. "Evolve" is the twelfth studio album by singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco, released in 2003. The album won DiFranco and Brian Grunert a Grammy Award for Best Recording Package in 2004. This album is more eclectic and stylistically venturous than DiFranco's previous works, experimenting with styles such as jazz and funk.
  3. "Evolve" is an R&B mid-tempo song by American recording artist Mýa. It served as Harrison’s fifth and final U.S. digital single from her sixth studio album K.I.S.S.. Singled out of as one of Harrison favorite songs on the album, Evolve is a heartfelt mid-tempo track about having determination and will power through it all and not letting anyone stop you. The song was written and composed by Harrison and Delisha Thomas with production handled by Lee Major.
  4. "Evolve" is the debut album by the Florida-based nu metal/hard rock music group Endo. The album was released on March 20, 2001 via DV8/Columbia Records. The track "Malice" is present on the soundtrack for the film, Dracula 2000.
  5. "Evolve" is the second studio album by American rock supergroup Eye Empire. It is their first full length album to feature drummer Ryan Bennett on every track.
  6. "Evolve" is a musical album of Paradise Lost.
    • released in (13 years ago)
  7. "Evolve" is a musical album of Exzakt.
    • released on (13 years ago)
  8. "Evolve" is a musical EP of Prompt.
    • released in (7 years ago)
  9. "Evolve" is a musical album of Approaching Nirvana.
    • released on
  10. "Evolve" is a musical album of Victor Calderone.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  11. "Evolve" is a musical album of Cindy Akana.
    • released in (6 years ago)
  12. "Evolve" is a musical single of Insight.
    • released in (11 years ago)
  13. "Evolve" is a musical album of Pulse Legion.
    • released on (17 years ago)
  14. "Evolve" is a musical album of It Is I.
    • released on (19 years ago)
  15. "Evolve" is a musical single of Ricochet.
    • released in (23 years ago)
  16. "Evolve" is a musical album of Jackiem Joyner.
  17. "Evolve" is a musical album of Tarsis.
    • released on (12 years ago)
  18. "Evolve" is a musical album of Animassacre.
    • released in (7 years ago)
  19. "Evolve" is a musical album of Zachary Stowasser.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  20. "Evolve" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  21. "Evolve" is a musical album of Petroleum.


Evolve is a musical group.

  • albums: "Happy Hour in the Gene Pool", "Approaching Nirvana"


  1. Evolve Wrestling is an American professional wrestling promotion based in the Northeast founded in 2010 by former Ring of Honor booker and current Dragon Gate USA vice president, Gabe Sapolsky, Full Impact Pro owner Sal Hamaoui, and independent wrestler Davey Richards. The company features a roster of independently-contracted wrestlers from all over the country, as well as several competitors from Japan. The promotion has a close working relationship with Dragon Gate USA.
  2. Evolve is a website.
  3. Evolve is a 2008 documentary television series on History. The series premiere, "Eyes", was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Science, Technology and Nature Programming.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Evolve

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Google previewRespiratory Care Exam Review (2015)

by David H. Persing, Gary Persing

Evolve is an interactive learning environment designed to work in coordination with this text.

Google previewThink Like a Winner! (1991)

by Staples, Walter Doyle

This ability to creatively imagine your future in the precise way you want it to evolve is the second great wonder of the mind. Many of your actual experiences during your upbringing were probably less than ideal. The odds are that you ...

Google previewAre Incentives Everything? (2001)

Payment Mechanisms for Health Care Providers in Developing Countries by Varun Gauri

Increasing or decreasing the utilization of specific medical procedures as technologies evolve is a continual health policy problem, and encouraging greater utilization of public health and preventive care is a preoccupation of public health ...

Google previewPro ADO.NET Data Services (2009)

Working with RESTful Data by John Shaw, Gary Evans

This statement has been true since the beginning of the Internet, but what continues to evolve is the format and type of content being returned in the response messages received by users. The most common content type returned in response ...

Google previewAbacus Evolve Yr4/P5 (2005)

Textbook 3 by Harcourt Education

Car Cup Dog Mouse Tin Plate Cat Big Red Soft Blue Hard Sad Motorbike Giraffe Hamster Needle Window Sofa Chimney Purple Happy Little Orange Gentle Abacus Evolve is the mathematics programme for creative teaching, with.

Google previewAbacus Evolve 2 Textbook (2005)

by Ruth Merttens, David Kirkby

Abacus Evolve is the mathematics programme for creative teaching, with.

Google previewNonlinear Assignment Problems (2000)

Algorithms and Applications by Panos M. Pardalos, Leonidas Pitsoulis

The next approach to evolve is that of a multiple pane window in which the position of hard data ...

Google previewMicrobiology for the Healthcare Professional (2013)

by Karin C. VanMeter, Robert J Hubert, William G. VanMeter Evolve is an interactive learning environment designed to work in coordination with this text. Instructors may use Evolve to provide an Internet-based course component that reinforces and ...

Google previewFirst Life (2011)

Discovering the Connections Between Stars, Cells, and How Life Began by David Deamer

THEODOSIUS DOBZHANSKY, 1973 The ability to evolve is the final aspect of any definition of life. Whatever system of molecules we imagine to be the first form of life or fabricate in the laboratory as synthetic life must have a demonstrated ...

Google previewString Processing and Information Retrieval (2013)

20th International Symposium, SPIRE 2013, Jerusalem, Israel, October 7-9, 2013, Proceedings by Oren Kurland, Moshe Lewenstein, Ely Porat

Being capable of storing archive data with historic information on how documents evolve is a challenging task by itself, but we also need to provide searching capabilities to make this information easily available for people when needed.

Google previewSales Automation Done Right (2005)

Selling in the Digital Age by Keith Thompson

Disconnected Databases An unavoidable result of the way in which companies evolve is that important information gets scattered and strewn around the organization. Growth is always accompanied by the formation of functional groups, each ...

Google previewDictionary of Natural Resource Management (2011)

by Katherine Dunster

Birds evolve. Triassic Period 245-208 million Dry land, many deserts. Continents are mountainous and years ago joined into one supercontinent. The first dinosaurs and mammals appear. The forests are dominated by gymnosperms and ferns.

Google previewMosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions (2016)

by Mosby

Evolve Student Resources for Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions, 10th edition, include the following: • Anatomy Tables Detailed tables describing position, ...

Google previewBailliere's Midwives' Dictionary E-Book (2012)

by Denise Tiran

Baillière's Midwives' Dictionary Evolve Learning Resources for Students and Lecturers. See the instructions and PIN code panel on the inside cover for access to the web site. Think ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Language and Education (2012)

Language Policy and Political Issues in Education by Ruth Wodak, P. Corson

Policies may also evolve as a consequence of actions governments do not take, for example, by not providing support for the teaching or learning of a particular language, or language variety, or by designating and promoting an official ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning (2013)

by Michael Byram, Adelheid Hu

variables, other personality variables that are more linked to particular situations such as foreign language classroom anxiety might evolve. Psychological variables that are not linked to any particular personality trait such as attitudes and ...

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Usage statistics about evolve

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb evolve:


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Quotes about Evolve

We will evolve
this way or
another way?

Cultures societies
take on interactive
hybrid or stasis forms

necessary changes
planned prompted
chaos disaster inflicted

only healthy offspring
of selected survivors
have options to evolve (Terence George Craddock)
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Scrabble value of E1V4O1L1V4E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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