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English noun: evolution

1. evolution (process) a process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage)

SamplesThe development of his ideas took many years.
The evolution of Greek civilization.
The slow development of her skill as a writer.


Broader (hypernym)physical process, process

Narrower (hyponym)assibilation, deepening, flowering, growth, unfolding

Antonymsdegeneration, devolution

2. evolution (process) (biology) the sequence of events involved in the evolutionary development of a species or taxonomic group of organisms

Synonymsorganic evolution, phylogenesis, phylogeny

Broader (hypernym)biological process, organic process

Narrower (hyponym)anamorphism, anamorphosis, anthropogenesis, anthropogeny, emergent evolution, macroevolution, microevolution, speciation

Domain categorybiological science, biology

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