I am currently working on some documentation, and I find myself having to express to idea of evolving towards a final state multiple times. I would like to know if a word (preferably a verb) expressing this whole concept exists already.

As far as I know, evolving feels more like something which can be done perpetually, while I would like to carry the idea that evolving in such a case have its "boundaries". Eventually, if it is not a single word, maybe there is a formal way to shorten the whole concept?

Another idea could be something like "growing", since growing feels more physical, hence necessarily has boundaries, but it does not fit my context:


this transaction can evolve towards its final state grow by requesting actions over it. You do so by either requesting a cancellation or actually capturing the funds.


Evolve isn't all that bad. Continue? Proceed? Iterate?

  • Thanks, I just feel like I need to get rid of "towards its final state" since I find my self repeating the phrase a bit too often. Do you think I can simply use "evolve"? Does it make it implicit that the goal is a final state? – Vincent C. Jan 20 at 7:34
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    Well, there is the word mature, which carries the sense of eventual completion... but all of these work pretty well... maybe think of a very similar product, or otherwise search for a manual that will have the same problem, to convince yourself if it is normal. I think you will be fine with these words, probably. – Justin Stafford Jan 20 at 7:37
  • Maybe finishes, if the process is pretty short. – Justin Stafford Jan 20 at 7:38
  • Mature is perfect match! The process can be quite long, but we work step by step towards completion. – Vincent C. Jan 20 at 7:40
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    Glad if it helps; you might want to use a little caution with mature... look at some examples... often you see it with some investment that only becomes available after some set time. – Justin Stafford Jan 20 at 7:43

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