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