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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Without giving too much away, the story revolves around Elizabeth and her quest to bring the Christmas spirit to high-profile billionaire William Darcy (Michael Rady). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Why Jessica Lowndes of Hallmark's 'Christmas at Pemberley Manor' Looks So Familiar," 27 Oct. 2018 One concept revolved around Michael Kelly's Doug Stamper, the curmudgeonly-yet-loveable political aide to the Underwoods, written by executive producer Eric Roth. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "House of Cards Season 6: Everything You Need to Know," 15 Oct. 2018 Harry and Meghan's 24-hour trip to the Netherlands revolved around a celebration for the launch of SoHo House Amsterdam. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Had an "Awkward" Run-In with His Rumored Ex, Jenna Coleman," 2 Oct. 2018 My life revolves around my work as a therapeutic massage practitioner. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Read Andrea Constand's Powerful Impact Statement About Bill Cosby," 25 Sep. 2018 The landmark hotel, with its trademark revolving rooftop restaurant, would not be demolished. Brittany Wallman,, "Developer envisions redevelopment at Pier 66," 5 June 2018 These included a Chase Bank allegation over a revolving credit account debt of $25,088.56, which has since been dismissed, and a Regions Bank suit for $253,437.31 for unpaid credit card bills. Vicky Ward, Town & Country, "The Bizarre Scandal That Brought Down General David Petraeus," 29 Nov. 2016 The celebration will continue 6 p.m. at Daybreak Star Cultural Center with a program revolving around honoring Native women. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "Here’s where to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day around Seattle," 8 Oct. 2018 Among the season’s crop of biographies are two revolving around New York personalities. Maya Sweedler, WSJ, "One of the Great Football Games in Two New Books," 6 Sep. 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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