Revolve meaning

rĭ-vŏlv'
To orbit a central point.

The planets revolve around the sun.

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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.

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To be arranged as revolving credit.

His credit line revolves.

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To be centered.

Their troubles revolve around money management.

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To turn on an axis; rotate.
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To cause to revolve.
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To cause to travel in a circle or orbit.
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To move in a circle or orbit around a point.
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To be oriented (around or about something regarded as a center)
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(intransitive) To orbit a central point.

The Earth revolves around the sun.

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To turn on an axis.

The Earth revolves once every twenty-four hours.

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To ponder or reflect on.

Revolved the matter in his mind.

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To turn over in the mind; reflect on.
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To recur at intervals; occur periodically.
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To be pondered or reflected on.
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To ponder on, to reflect repeatedly upon, to consider all aspects of.
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To cause to rotate, or spin around an axis.
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To spin or turn around a center or axis; rotate.
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(intransitive) To recur in cycles.

The program revolves through all the queues before returning to the start.

The centuries revolve.

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Origin of revolve

  • 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 wel-2 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English revolven (“to change direction"), from Old French revolver (“to reflect upon"), from Latin revolvere, present active infinitive of revolvō (“turn over, roll back, reflect upon"), from re- (“back") + volvō (“roll"); see voluble, volve.
    From Wiktionary