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 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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Recent Examples on the Web Do your best -- that’s all anyone can do -- and focus on what can be attained. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Your thoughts may revolve around an upcoming event or hobby that’s on the calendar for the weekend. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 15 July 2021 Objections to passports revolve in part around privacy and security, including how people’s personal information will be stored, and fairness. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 13 July 2021 The downsides of a digital dollar revolve almost entirely around two issues: privacy and security. Scott Nover, Quartz, 11 July 2021 Conversations around attracting and retaining top talent used revolve around free lunches, pingpong tables and casual Fridays. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2021 As with the original Behind the Music, each episode of the series will revolve around a different music artist or band, exploring their rise to fame and the challenges within their career through archival footage and on-camera interviews. Claire Shaffer, Rolling Stone, 24 June 2021 The 10-part season steadily doles out their reasons for having stayed together this long, most of which revolve around nostalgic memories of their rebellion against her country-club parents. Washington Post, 17 June 2021 Walker, signed as a free agent this offseason, is likely the hub around which the linebackers will revolve, however many the Browns end up playing. Dan Labbe, cleveland, 2 June 2021 The first and last parts, set at the Sunrise Valley facility, revolve around Kirpal, Hwee Bin’s fellow-resident; the middle part involves an outing that Hwee Bin takes with her daughter. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021

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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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29 Jul 2021

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“Revolve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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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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