revolve

[ ri-volv ]
/ rɪˈvɒlv /

verb (used without object), re·volved, re·volv·ing.

verb (used with object), re·volved, re·volv·ing.


Nearby words

  1. revolutionary war,
  2. revolutionary wars,
  3. revolutionist,
  4. revolutionize,
  5. revolutions of 1848,
  6. revolver,
  7. revolving,
  8. revolving charge account,
  9. revolving credit,
  10. revolving door

Origin of revolve

1350–1400; Middle English revolven < Latin revolvere to roll back, equivalent to re- re- + volvere to roll, turn round

SYNONYMS FOR revolve
1. orbit, circle. 2. See turn. 8. ponder, study.

Related formsre·volv·a·ble, adjectivere·volv·a·bly, adverbun·re·volved, adjective

Can be confusedrevolve rotate1

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British Dictionary definitions for revolve

revolve

/ (rɪˈvɒlv) /

verb

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

noun

theatre a circular section of a stage that can be rotated by electric power to provide a scene change
Derived Formsrevolvable, adjectiverevolvably, adverb

Word Origin for revolve

C14: from Latin revolvere, from re- + volvere to roll, wind

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Word Origin and History for revolve

revolve

v.

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.

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