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 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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Sony’s console will revolve around AMD’s third-generation Ryzen CPU cores, which are expected to launch for the PC market this summer. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Why Sony's PlayStation 5 specs matter to PC gamers: Ryzen, Radeon, SSDs, and ray tracing," 16 Apr. 2019 In just a few weeks, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s life will revolve around changing diapers and midnight feeds, so their social life might be on hold for a little while thanks to the arrival of Baby Sussex. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Former Stylist Reveals What it's Really Like to Hang Out With the Duchess of Sussex," 12 Apr. 2019 The story will revolve around ISIS sympathizers who are possibly planning an attack. Megan Stein, Country Living, "A 'JAG' Reunion Is Coming to 'NCIS: LA' and We Are Losing It," 7 Apr. 2019 The plot will revolve around the search of Bo Peep, who was missing from the last film after having been sold in a yard sale. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About "Toy Story 4"," 13 Nov. 2018 To be certain, Neuman and North and the hotels and restaurants each have opened in the past two decades have shaped the hospitality landscape in Ashland, a town whose existence revolves around amenities for Othello-quoting travelers. Joe Jackson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Pair of hospitality mavens a force in Ashland’s growing dining, lodging landscape," 24 May 2018 There still isn't much known about the actual plot of the movie, which takes place in 1969 and supposedly revolves around the Charles Manson murders. Amy Kaufman,, "Quentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio surprise CinemaCon to tease 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'," 24 Apr. 2018 Maybe our bonding moments will revolve around music or basketball or ballet or art. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "Getting ready for my new fishing buddy — and the adventures we’ll share | Idaho Statesman," 23 Apr. 2018 When intellectuals did emerge—like Copernicus, in the vey late Middle Ages, who claimed that earth revolved around the sun—they were dismissed, persecuted, or, at best, ignored. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Notre Dame Is a Cruel Metaphor for Our World Right Now," 25 Apr. 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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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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