Definition of revolve
1 : to turn over at length in the mind : ponder <revolve a scheme>
2 a obsolete : to cause to go round in an orbit b : rotate 1
1 : recur
2 a : to ponder something b : to remain under consideration <ideas revolved in his mind>
3 a : to move in a curved path round a center or axis b : to turn or roll round on an axis
4 : to have or come to a specified focus : center —usually used with around <the dispute revolved around wages>
revolvableplay \-ˈväl-və-bəl, -ˈvȯl- also -ˈvä-və- or -ˈvȯ-və-\ adjective
Examples of revolve in a sentence
As the gear revolves, it turns the other gears.
The Earth revolves on its axis.
The software allows you to revolve images.
Origin and Etymology of revolve
Middle English, from Latin revolvere to roll back, cause to return, from re- + volvere to roll — more at voluble
First Known Use: 15th century
REVOLVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of revolve for English Language Learners
: to turn around a center point or line
REVOLVE Defined for Kids
Word Root of revolve
The Latin word volvere, meaning “to roll” or “to turn around,” gives us the root volv. Words from the Latin volvere have something to do with turning. To revolve is to turn in circles or travel on a circular path. To evolve, or grow or develop out of something else, is to unroll from a source. To involve, or include, is to roll someone into a situation.
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