revolve

verb
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

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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The establishment of these two organizations would rearrange the military’s current bureaucracy for handling national security space missions, which mostly revolve around launching satellites for surveillance, communications, and navigation. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Space Command is coming back, but Space Force still needs approval from Congress," 18 Dec. 2018 Because of the patriarchal history of research (read: men did most of the research, so most research revolves around men), there isn’t a ton of data out there on women and their livelihoods, including their sexuality. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "The "Wonderful Weirdness" of Female Sexuality," 23 Oct. 2018 Leave them on, and your fight strategy will revolve around movement and control of these tide-turning items. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Smash Bros. Ultimate review: The best fighting game on any Nintendo system," 6 Dec. 2018 Both fitness companies revolve around stationary bikes, but Peloton’s are purchased for in-home use — a notable $2,000 barrier to entry — and its customers pay a monthly fee to access live and prerecorded classes on the bike’s built-in monitor. Rani Molla, Recode, "Peloton now has more U.S. customers than SoulCycle, new data suggests," 3 Dec. 2018 One of the most costly aspects of the update will probably revolve around Frogmore Cottage's current lack of security. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Frogmore Cottage Renovations Sound Expensive," 27 Nov. 2018 Related The Afghan elections are expected to revolve heavily around the issue of peace and how to reach it. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "U.S. Envoy, Taliban Discuss Peace, While Afghan Government Is Sidelined," 18 Dec. 2018 In this case, the mystery appears to revolve around a young boy's missing father—and how his vanishing kept the boy away from a life as a Pokemon trainer. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "A new “fuzzy Pikachu” debate headlines a trailer-filled Monday," 13 Nov. 2018 Some of Trump’s criticism appears to revolve around which stories appear in Google News. Brian Fung, The Seattle Times, "Here’s what we really know about Google’s mysterious search engine," 28 Aug. 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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More Definitions for revolve

revolve

verb

English Language Learners Definition of revolve

: to turn around a center point or line

revolve

verb
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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