re·volve | \ri-ˈvälv, -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

b : rotate sense 1

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, -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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Based on the acclaimed 2006 novel of the same name by Vikram Chandra, Sacred Games revolves around the nexus of politics and the Mumbai underworld and also includes bits of news footage spanning some four decades of the country's political history. Nyay Bhushan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix Series Faces Legal Case Over Portrayal of Ex-India Prime Minister," 13 July 2018 If last year’s draft revolved around the quarterbacks, next year’s is shaping up to be about drafting players who will punish them. Albert Breer,, "Who Are the Defensive Linemen Expected to Dominate the 2019 NFL Draft?," 12 July 2018 Prepa has long been plagued by turnover at the top, with officials from opposing political parties revolving in and out with the four-year election cycle. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Puerto Rico Power Utility CEO Resigns After Less Than Four Months on Job," 11 July 2018 In fact, exercise and dieting were the two things that my entire life revolved around for nearly a decade and a half. Jes Baker, SELF, "Nope, I’m Not Trying to Lose Weight," 26 June 2018 While most of our NASCAR feuds revolve around insults in a battle of words, this week’s breakdown is a battle of wits on the race track in one of the finest examples of a strategy duel. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Breaking down the clever strategy that gave Martin Truex Jr. a win at Sonoma," 26 June 2018 Richard Wright enjoyed critical and commercial success in 1938 with his first book, Uncle Tom’s Children, whose stories revolve mainly around racist violence. Emily Bernard, The New Republic, "Zora Neale Hurston’s drive to tell the story of the slave trade’s last survivor," 19 June 2018 That set is dominated by an upstage wall of painted glass with revolving panels, lighted by Jason Fassl in lurid and shifting colors suggesting a phantasmagorical Turner seascape. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Door County theaters add stories and sparkle to summer nights," 11 July 2018 And there is still the IMA's revolving art exhibits and its permanent collection to peruse, including the 1629 self-portrait by Rembrandt. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018

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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, -ˈvȯlv\
revolved; revolving

Kids Definition of revolve

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

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