revolve

verb
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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Much like earlier reporting, the two reports note that Russian efforts largely revolved around the 2016 elections, finding that Russians created pages encouraging voters not to support Hillary Clinton while amplifying support of Trump. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "How Russia exploited racial tensions in America during the 2016 elections," 17 Dec. 2018 Get a Bedframe and Mattress Made of All-Natural Materials Your bed is the biggest piece of furniture and what the rest of your space revolves around, so opting for an eco-conscious option is essential. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "A Beginner's Guide to Making Your Home More Sustainable," 1 Apr. 2019 Ribas and his team noticed a pattern in Barnard’s star’s wobbling within the 20 years’ worth of data, which indicated a planet revolving around the star every 233 days. Loren Grush, The Verge, "A cold ‘super-Earth’ may live around a nearby star," 14 Nov. 2018 The degree to which there appear to be changing priorities is symptomatic of having revolving leadership. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "Turmoil at Lincoln Center: Infighting, Money Troubles, Scrapped Projects," 1 July 2018 Ruth is the central figure who brings us into the story and the character our ensemble will revolve around. Rebecca Ford, The Hollywood Reporter, "How to Cast Serial Killers and Wrestlers," 18 June 2018 For Trump, whose business revolves around the marketability of his name, there has proved to be no public policy too big, and no private opportunity too crass, to exploit for personal profit. Nick Tabor, Daily Intelligencer, "501 Days in Swampland," 1 Apr. 2018 So often our vacations revolve around partying, which tend to leave us feeling exhausted instead of refreshed. Carly Benson, SELF, "7 Important Tips for Traveling While Sober and Having an Even Better Time," 14 Feb. 2019 But while the primary storyline revolved around the Pearsons trying to get Nicky help, fans, surprisingly, seemed pretty focused on Rebecca. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Fans Are Enraged With Rebecca After Last Night’s New Episode," 13 Feb. 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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revolve

verb

English Language Learners Definition of revolve

: to turn around a center point or line

revolve

verb
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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