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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The bulk of the concerns surrounding the Spartans entering this season will continue to revolve around the dearth of production in the final half of last season. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "5 big questions for Michigan State football's offense before preseason camp," 31 July 2019 Ultimately, our observations suggest that extremist rhetoric tends to revolve around concerns of ethnic makeup. Jacob Davey, Time, "We Analyzed How the "Great Replacement" and Far Right Ideas Spread Online. The Trends Reveal Deep Concerns.," 18 July 2019 Their farewells tend to revolve around regret more than reflection — as was the case with Mike Ditka. David Haugh,, "Column: Don’t wait until Joe Maddon is gone from the Cubs to realize how great he has been," 15 July 2019 The season’s second half will see the bullpen door continue to revolve — and then, the Padres hope, stop doing so. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres bullpen will continue to be remade, but Stammen remains constant," 12 July 2019 So the plot needs to somehow revolve around the mall. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "All the Easter eggs revealed in Behind the Scenes: Stranger Things 3 podcast's first episode," 11 July 2019 The trip is expected to revolve around charities that matter deeply to Harry and include a nod to his late mother, Princess Diana. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Reportedly Taking a Royal Tour in Africa," 12 June 2019 Since Polaris shines almost directly above the Earth’s North Pole, every celestial object in the sky appears to revolve around Polaris once every 24 hours, in response to the Earth’s rotation below the celestial dome. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Sky Watch: Let the Big Dipper be your guide for more stargazing," 9 June 2019 The former Ballon d'Or has made the headlines recently following the release of his new autobiography 'Reboot', with the latest revelations revolving around his former club and international teammate Gerrard., "Michael Owen Claims Liverpool Attempted to Sell Steven Gerrard Years Before His Departure in 2015," 5 Sep. 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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