re·​volv·​ing | \ ri-ˈväl-viŋ How to pronounce revolving (audio) , -ˈvȯl- also -ˈvä-viŋ or -ˈvȯ-viŋ \

Definition of revolving

1a : tending to revolve or recur especially : recurrently available
b : of, relating to, or being credit that may be used repeatedly up to the specified limit and is usually repaid in regular proportional installments
2 : turning around on or as if on an axis a revolving platform

Examples of revolving in a Sentence

The band played on a revolving stage.
Recent Examples on the Web When oil, or finance, dominate an economy, government officials turn away from the tough challenges of nation-building and instead jostle to get rich, often via a revolving door of influence between government and the dominant sector. Nicholas Shaxson, Time, "To Boost Prosperity, We Must Shrink the Financial Sector," 27 Nov. 2019 As of April 27, the end of its fiscal third quarter, Neiman Marcus had total debt of $4.9 billion, $455 million borrowed from its revolving credit line and $4.46 billion in long term debt. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Neiman Marcus will no longer be filing regular reports publicly with the SEC," 22 June 2019 Heloc, which gives you access to a revolving credit line. New York Times, "How to Get Help Paying for Your Wedding," 9 May 2018 Banks who provided Vista Outdoor with a $400 million revolving line of credit in 2016 are faring better., "Wells Fargo Is the Go-To Bank for Gunmakers and the NRA," 7 Mar. 2018 The revolving door between the public sector and the special interests is not a new phenomenon in Illinois or elsewhere. Ray Long,, "ComEd enjoyed major success in Springfield by hiring lobbyists who were former lawmakers or Madigan staffers. Now the feds are scrutinizing the utility’s practices.," 8 Nov. 2019 Reynolds’ sudden departure only adds to the revolving door in Yosemite’s management in recent years. Kurtis Alexander,, "Yosemite National Park to get a change of leadership — again," 23 Oct. 2019 Strangled for almost the entire series by the Astros' stalwart starters and a revolving door of relievers, the Yankees at long last discovered the thrill of a big inning against the Astros’ biggest bullet. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Big first inning by Yankees sends Astros to Game 5 loss," 18 Oct. 2019 James signed a four-year, $51 million contract with the Broncos ($27 million guaranteed) in March to solidify a position that has been a revolving door. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Briefs: Right tackle Ja’Wuan James expected to return against Indianapolis," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of revolving

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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4 Dec 2019

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“Revolving.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of revolving

: able to be turned around a center point

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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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