[ piv-uht ]
/ ˈpɪv ət /
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verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to mount on, attach by, or provide with a pivot or pivots.
to modify (a policy, opinion, product, etc.) while retaining some continuity with its previous version:The start-up was able to pivot the app to a new market without losing too many man-hours of coding.



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Origin of pivot

First recorded in 1350–1400; <French, Middle French, Old French “hinge, pivot”; further origin uncertain, perhaps related to Catalan piu, Occitan pivèu “spindle, pivot,” and Provençal pua “tooth on a heckle (flax comb)”
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British Dictionary definitions for pivot

/ (ˈpɪvət) /


a short shaft or pin supporting something that turns; fulcrum
the end of a shaft or arbor that terminates in a bearing
a person or thing upon which progress, success, etc, depends
the person or position from which a military formation takes its reference, as when altering position


(tr) to mount on or provide with a pivot or pivots
(intr) to turn on or as if on a pivot

Word Origin for pivot

C17: from Old French; perhaps related to Old Provençal pua tooth of a comb
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