re·​volve | \ ri-ˈvälv How to pronounce revolve (audio) , -ˈvȯlv also -ˈväv or -ˈvȯv \
revolved; revolving

Definition of revolve

transitive verb

1 : to turn over at length in the mind : ponder revolve a scheme
2a obsolete : to cause to go round in an orbit

intransitive verb

1 : recur
2a : to ponder something
b : to remain under consideration ideas revolved in his mind
3a : 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 aroundthe dispute revolved around wages

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Other Words from revolve

revolvable \ ri-​ˈväl-​və-​bəl How to pronounce revolvable (audio) , -​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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Everything Seton Hall wants to do revolves around Powell. Adam Baum,, "How to watch, listen and storylines to follow for Xavier basketball vs. Seton Hall," 7 Jan. 2020 There are so many twists and turns in You, but one of the most traumatic aspects of the show's second season revolves around the gruesome fates of Joe Goldberg's ex-girlfriends. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Flashback in You Season 2 Reveals What Joe Did to Candace, and It's Horrifying," 27 Dec. 2019 The London bubble is also sacred, and can revolve too often around England, trade and the financial interests of the City of London. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, "Photos of the U.K. in the Shadow of Brexit," 11 Dec. 2019 The messages mostly revolved around tutoring matters, but beginning in March, Mixer began asking the girl to provide him with Adderall that she had been prescribed, the prosecutor said. Clifford Ward,, "Tutor pressured teen student into selling him her Adderall pills, DuPage County prosecutors allege," 3 Dec. 2019 So far, the company’s main obstacles have not revolved around training their AI, but instead getting access to useful satellite imagery. Peter Holley, The Denver Post, "California has 33 million acres of forest. This company is training artificial intelligence to scour it all for wildfire," 10 Nov. 2019 DIRECTOR Carlos Membreño Written and directed by Membreño, Blood, Passion, and Coffee takes inspiration from real events and revolves around a Marcala, Honduras, family's legacy trade of coffee farming. Tara Bitran, The Hollywood Reporter, "Oscars: A Guide to All 92 Foreign-Language Submissions," 7 Nov. 2019 Sleeveless is not really about New York, but rather revolves around existing in the city. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Natasha Stagg’s Sleeveless Describes the New York That We Hate To Love," 25 Oct. 2019 Even sales meetings are meant to be fun and revolve around an annual theme. Randy Diamond,, "JB Goodwin Realtors takes top spot in midsize employer category," 10 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of revolve

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for revolve

Middle English, from Latin revolvere to roll back, cause to return, from re- + volvere to roll — more at voluble

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The first known use of revolve was in the 15th century

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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Revolve.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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How to pronounce revolve (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of revolve

: to turn around a center point or line


re·​volve | \ ri-ˈvälv How to pronounce revolve (audio) , -ˈvȯlv \
revolved; revolving

Kids Definition of revolve

1 : to move in an orbit Planets revolve around the sun.

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