- Revolve is defined as to think about something, or cause to move in a circle.
- An example of revolve is thinking about work while trying to go to sleep.
- An example of revolve is spinning a toy top.
- An example of revolve is a ballet dancer doing a pirouette.
- to turn over in the mind; reflect on
- to cause to travel in a circle or orbit
- to cause to rotate, or spin around an axis
Origin: Middle English revolven from Classical Latin revolvere from re-, back plush volvere, to roll: see walk
- to move in a circle or orbit around a point
- to spin or turn around a center or axis; rotate
- to be oriented (around or about something regarded as a center)
- to recur at intervals; occur periodically
- to be pondered or reflected on
- revolvable adjective
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verb re·volved, re·volv·ing, re·volves verb, intransitive
- To orbit a central point.
- To turn on an axis; rotate. See Synonyms at turn.
- To recur in cycles or at periodic intervals.
- To be held in the mind and considered in turn.
- To be centered: Their troubles revolve around money management.
- To cause to revolve.
- To ponder or reflect on.
Origin: Middle English revolven, to change direction, from Old French revolver, to reflect upon, from Latin revolvere, to turn over, roll back, reflect upon : re-, re- + volvere, to roll; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots.
- re·volvˈa·ble adjective