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 aroundthe 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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Recent Examples on the Web The conventional wisdom to have emerged from these efforts revolves around four main points. The Economist, "Economists are rethinking the numbers on inequality," 28 Nov. 2019 Lyndy Lindsey, an Arkansas tight end (1988-91), a son of Razorbacks great Jim Lindsey and the father of current quarterback Jack Lindsey, said the core of the most successful Arkansas teams have revolved around homegrown talent. Tom Murphy, Arkansas Online, "Hogs do have history on their side," 28 Nov. 2019 While poverty levels are reportedly in the 80 to 90 percent range, Sullivan says the community is very tightknit, and most activities revolve around the tribal offices and the elementary school. Christopher Harress |, al, "Beyond the Poarch Creek Indians, there’s a lot more to Alabama’s Native American history," 28 Nov. 2019 Scientific consensus about how the moon formed is that billions of years ago, a protoplanet crashed into Earth and the pieces of it revolved around the Earth to form the moon. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "The US proposed nuking the moon, and other surprising facts about Earth's celestial satellite," 22 Nov. 2019 Coming from two different cultures, Colombian and Armenian-Lebanese, they are steeped in the cultural traditions of their families, many of which revolve around food. Judi Roaman, ELLE Decor, "A Hamptons Home is Transformed by Contemporary Art," 21 Nov. 2019 What’s been something of a revelation has been Hart’s ability to handle the ball, since his reputation coming out of high school in Philadelphia was that his offensive game revolved mostly around his 3-point shooting. Don Markus,, "Three takeaways from No. 6 Maryland basketball’s 74-55 win over Fairfield," 20 Nov. 2019 Oh, my gosh, this serves as a great song [with] the narrative of the record revolving a little bit about my parent’s divorce. Ben Crandell,, "Riptide Music Festival: Judah & the Lion on new music, old demons, Kacey Musgraves," 20 Nov. 2019 The discussion revolves around increasing the minimum wage to about $9.50 an hour in steps over 18 months or so, while Wolf would have to drop elements of his January proposal, including eliminating Pennsylvania’s tipped wage minimum, now $2.83. USA TODAY, "Bye-bye to Bei Bei, reverse bank robbery, squirrel survey: News from around our 50 states," 18 Nov. 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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The first known use of revolve was in the 15th century

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2 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Revolve.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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How to pronounce revolve (audio)

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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