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evolution noun

ADJ. gradual | rapid | continuous | natural | peaceful the peaceful evolution to democracy | biological, cultural, historical, political, social, technological | animal, human | Darwinian

VERB + EVOLUTION trace a book tracing the evolution of the English language

EVOLUTION + VERB occur, proceed, take place Evolution proceeds by a series of small changes.

PREP. ~ from … to … his evolution from comedian to serious actor | ~ towards the country's gradual evolution towards democracy

PHRASES the theory of evolution people who reject the theory of evolution