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1  —as in:
the policy evolved
Definition to develop or change gradually
  • Large brick-size phones that could only send and receive calls, evolved into today's smartphones.
evolved = gradually developed
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Fans have enjoyed watching the characters evolve for over a decade now.
  • evolve = gradually develop
  • Military tactics evolved in response to machine guns and wire entanglements.
  • evolved = changed
  • By loosely coupling the components, each is more free to evolve at its own pace.
  • evolve = develop
  • Gramps said that those myths evolved because people needed a way to explain where fire came from and why there was evil in the world.
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • evolved = developed
  • A taboo was evolving round that word too.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • evolving = developing
  • Everything has to evolve or else it perishes.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • evolve = adapt to changing surroundings
  • I devised a bizarre and ever evolving rubric by which I measured his love for me, and when he failed to meet it, I became paranoid.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • evolving = developing or changing gradually
  • Well, we know from other patients that most tumors eventually evolve a way to grow in spite of Phalanxifor, but if that were the case, we'd see tumor growth on the scans, which we don't see.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • evolve = develop or change gradually
  • Indeed, they were an endless Project that slowly evolved into a Unit, in which miles of construction paper and wax crayon were expended by the State of Alabama in its well-meaning but fruitless efforts to teach me Group Dynamics.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
evolved = developed

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2  —as in:
evolved through natural selection
Definition change of a species over a long period of time through evolution
  • Different mutations had occurred in the isolated populations that evolved on different islands.
evolved = changed through evolution
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Different mutations had occurred in the isolated populations that evolved in different cave systems.
  • evolved = changed through evolution
  • Traits that evolved through sexual selection are particularly prominent among males of several animal species.
  • evolved = changed (through evolution)
  • And single-celled life emerged in the oceans, and then over billions of years, life got more abundant and complex, until two hundred fifty thousand or so years ago, humans evolved, and we started using more advanced tools, and then eventually built spaceships and everything.
    John Green  --  Turtles All the Way Down
  • evolved = came into existence through evolution
  • Like, they're evolving faster?
    John Green  --  Turtles All the Way Down
evolving = changing through evolution

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Less commonly:
In chemistry, evolve can mean to emit gas or heat.
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