con·​volve kən-ˈvälv How to pronounce convolve (audio)
 also  -ˈväv,
 or  -ˈvȯv
convolved; convolving

transitive verb

: to roll together : writhe

intransitive verb

: to roll together or circulate involvedly

Word History


borrowed from Latin convolvere "to give a whirling motion to, roll round or up, coil, twist, wrap round," from con- con- + volvere "to set in a circular course, cause to roll" — more at wallow entry 1

First Known Use

1616, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of convolve was in 1616

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Cite this Entry

“Convolve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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