1. [ noun ] a process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage)
Synonyms: development

"the development of his ideas took many years" "the evolution of Greek civilization" "the slow development of her skill as a writer"

Related terms: degeneration process growth deepening unfolding assibilation evolve
2. [ noun ] (biology,genetics) the sequence of events involved in the evolutionary development of a species or taxonomic group of organisms
Synonyms: phylogenesis phylogeny
Related terms: organic_process microevolution anamorphosis anthropogenesis emergent_evolution speciation macroevolution scopes_trial biology
Similar spelling:   evolutionary