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[ri-volv] /rɪˈvɒlv/
verb (used without object), revolved, revolving.
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.
verb (used with object), revolved, revolving.
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.
1350-1400; Middle English revolven < Latin revolvere to roll back, equivalent to re- re- + volvere to roll, turn round
Related forms
revolvable, adjective
revolvably, adverb
unrevolved, adjective
Can be confused
revolve, rotate.
1. orbit, circle. 2. See turn. 8. ponder, study. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for revolves
  • These dates coincide with none of the four great hinges on which the solar year revolves, to wit, the solstices and the equinoxes.
  • The debate revolves around the origin of tiny graphite particles that have been found in the same ancient rocks.
  • Each show revolves around apex predators and how they survive in their fragile environment.
  • Most of the story revolves around this invention and its importance to the storyline.
  • One cautionary tale about the perils of relying on a homogenous food source revolves around the humble potato.
  • Now, you said that your life revolves around her and her needs.
  • Much of this activity revolves around raising federal research money, which the public is more likely to support.
  • One of the fiercest arguments revolves around the role of wealth.
  • The genomics gold rush revolves around genes that have been isolated and purified outside an animal, plant or microorganism.
  • Gravity dictates that the moon revolves around us and not the other way around.
British Dictionary definitions for revolves


to move or cause to move around a centre or axis; rotate
(intransitive) to occur periodically or in cycles
to consider or be considered
(intransitive; 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
Derived Forms
revolvable, adjective
revolvably, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin revolvere, from re- + volvere to roll, wind
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for revolves



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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