- to move in a circular or curving course or orbit: The earth revolves around the sun.
- to turn around or rotate, as on an axis: The wheel revolves slowly.
- to proceed or occur in a round or cycle; come around again in the process of time; recur.
- to be revolved in the mind.
- to focus or center on.
- to cause to turn around, as on an axis.
- to cause to move in a circular or curving course, as about a central point.
- to think about; consider.
Origin of revolve
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Examples from the Web for revolve
Somehow, everything in the world has to revolve around men here, men and their parts.What It Feels Like For a Girl in Iraq
November 6, 2014
In the 1980s and 1990s, blockbusters were star vehicles; now they revolve around brands (Marvel Comics) and concepts (vampires).Is This the End of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Comeback?
March 30, 2014
“Prison has taught me that the world does not revolve around me,” he says.The Party Monster Lives For the Applause: Michael Alig’s Second Act
February 28, 2014
Like the Colosseum, Jep both stands above and is a part of the grotesqueries that revolve around him.The New Fellini: Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘The Great Beauty’
November 18, 2013
And not all of them revolve around white sins or a dishonorable moment.Matthew Cordle & the Online Confession Obsession
September 13, 2013
The dean paused to revolve the proposition, and then shook his head negatively.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
These rings acted as bearings on which the mast could revolve.The Migrations of an American Boat Type
Howard I. Chapelle
The cogs and wheels of the machine began to revolve rapidly.Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective
Ellis Parker Butler
Indeed, even while he was speaking the wheels of Fate had already begun to revolve.The Missionary
But the empire had extended too far west to revolve about that distant pivot.A Short History of Spain
Mary Platt Parmele
- to move or cause to move around a centre or axis; rotate
- (intr) to occur periodically or in cycles
- to consider or be considered
- (intr ; foll by around or about) to be centred or focused (upon)Juliet's thoughts revolved around Romeo
- theatre a circular section of a stage that can be rotated by electric power to provide a scene change
Word Origin and History for revolve
late 14c., "to change direction, bend around, turn (the eyes) back," from Old French revolver and directly from Latin revolvere "roll back, unroll, unwind; happen again, return; go over, repeat," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + volvere "to roll" (see volvox). In 15c., "to turn over (in the mind or heart), meditate." Meaning "travel around a central point" first recorded 1660s (earlier "cause to travel in an orbit around a central point," mid-15c.). Related: Revolved; revolving.