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Evolution is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.


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  1. (uncountable) Evolution is the process of slow change. It is most used in biology for the way living things change, and for the history of life.
    The theory of evolution is the basis of modern biology.
    For the first time, the evolution of some bacteria has been observed.
    Evolution is the reason animals and plants of today are different from those of long ago.
    He believed that the evolution of society followed certain laws.
  2. (countable) An evolution is a change that happens over time.
    Over the last ten years, there has been an evolution in the way we think about this disease.

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