revolve

verb

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

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

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
revolvable
ri-ˈväl-və-bəl How to pronounce revolve (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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Word History

Etymology

Middle English revolven "to pass (of time), wind round, roll," borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French revolver "to turn, turn over (in the mind)," borrowed from Latin revolvere "to roll back to a starting point, bring back round, (passive) travel in a circular course, return to a starting point," from re- re- + volvere "to set in a circular course, cause to roll, bring round" — more at wallow entry 1

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Revolve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/revolve. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

revolve

verb
re·​volve ri-ˈvälv How to pronounce revolve (audio)
-ˈvȯlv
revolved; revolving
1
: to think over carefully
2
a
: to move in an orbit
b
: to turn on or as if on an axis : rotate
3
4
: to have as a main point
the argument revolved around wages
revolvable adjective
Etymology

Middle English revolven "to turn over in the mind, cause to go around (on an axis)," from Latin revolvere "to roll back, cause to return," from re- "back, again" and volvere "to roll" — related to volume see Word History at volume

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