revolve

verb re·volve \ ri-ˈvälv , -ˈvȯlv also -ˈväv or -ˈvȯv \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of revolve

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
b : rotate 1
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

play \ri-ˈväl-və-bəl, -ˈvȯl- also -ˈvä-və- or -ˈvȯ-və-\ adjective

Examples of revolve in a Sentence

  1. As the gear revolves, it turns the other gears.

  2. The Earth revolves on its axis.

  3. The software allows you to revolve images.

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Origin and Etymology of revolve

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

revolve Synonyms



REVOLVE Defined for English Language Learners

revolve

verb

Definition of revolve for English Language Learners

  • : to turn around a center point or line


REVOLVE Defined for Kids

revolve

verb re·volve \ ri-ˈvälv , -ˈvȯlv \

Definition of revolve for Students

revolved; revolving
1 : to move in an orbit
  • Planets revolve around the sun.
2 : rotate 1

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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