When something evolves, it changes, or develops over time, like your taste in music and clothes, which evolve as you get older.

Evolve comes from the Latin word ēvolvere, "to unroll," the perfect image to keep in mind when thinking of this verb. When something is unrolling or unraveling, it is doing so gradually, not all at once. Evolve describes a development that is taking its time to reach its final destination. Think change with a speed limit. Your taste in music evolved from the nursery rhymes you loved as a little kid to whatever you like today. Even places can evolve, like the old-fashioned coffee shops that evolved into Internet cafes as people began to bring their laptops with them.

Definitions of evolve
  1. verb
    undergo development or evolution
    “Modern man evolved a long time ago”
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    differentiate, specialise, specialize, speciate
    evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment
    come from
    type of:
    grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment
  2. verb
    gain through experience
    synonyms: acquire, develop
    acquire, develop, get, grow, produce
    come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)
    elaborate by the unfolding of a musical idea and by the working out of the rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme
    develop, explicate, formulate
    elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses
    generate gradually
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    type of:
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  3. verb
    work out
    synonyms: develop, germinate
    make something new, such as a product or a mental or artistic creation
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    type of:
    create by mental act, create mentally
    create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands
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