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 around the 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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The electrifying animation revolves around a 13-year-old superhero, Miles Morales, with a black father and a Hispanic mother, who questions whether his fate is to be bad because of his family’s criminal past. Soraya Roberts, Longreads, "Won’t You Be My Neighbor: An Anti-Hate Pop Culture Syllabus," 9 Aug. 2019 The series revolves around Platt as Payton Hobart, a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, California, who’s long harbored a passionate interest in becoming President of the United States. Joey Nolfi,, "Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange serve strong in The Politician first-look photos," 8 Aug. 2019 The script from Damon Lindelof and Nick Cuse reviewed by The Hollywood Reporter revolves around third-rail political themes. Kim Masters, The Hollywood Reporter, "Ads Pulled for Gory Universal Thriller 'The Hunt' in Wake of Mass Shootings (Exclusive)," 7 Aug. 2019 That 'rubbish' revolves around the misbegotten players who have worn it in the past, including Khalid Boulahrouz, Franco Di Santo, Radamel Falcao, Steve Sidwell and more recently Gonzalo Higuain and Alvaro Morata., "Tammy Abraham Relishes Wearing 'Cursed' Number 9 Shirt at Chelsea," 24 July 2019 Under the direction of Anna Wank, the play revolves around two pairs of lovers, Beatrice and Benedick and Claudio and Hero and obstacles to the union of Claudio and Hero. Joan Rusek,, "Shakespeare play comes to life along with ‘Young Frankenstein’ on the stage: Valley Views," 12 July 2019 The concept behind Cunningham’s revolves around using fresh and locally sourced ingredients, many of which come from its own farm, in its kitchen and bakery. Sameer Rao,, "Cunningham's chef 'filled with gratitude' for 'Chopped' win," 19 June 2019 His free time revolves around hockey games on the ice and on TV, baseball on the field and on TV and football season TV. Abigail Van Buren, Twin Cities, "Dear Abby: Sports fan’s mania leaves little time for relationships," 17 June 2019 His free time revolves around hockey games on the ice and on TV, baseball on the field and on TV and football season TV. Dear Abby,, "Dear Abby: Sports fanatic boyfriend has time for the games, not the girl," 17 June 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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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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