Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To orbit a central point.
  • intransitive v. To turn on an axis; rotate. See Synonyms at turn.
  • intransitive v. To recur in cycles or at periodic intervals.
  • intransitive v. To be held in the mind and considered in turn.
  • intransitive v. To be centered: Their troubles revolve around money management.
  • transitive v. To cause to revolve.
  • transitive v. To ponder or reflect on.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To orbit a central point.
  • v. To turn on an axis.
  • v. To recur in cycles.
  • v. To ponder on, to reflect repeatedly upon, to consider all aspects of.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To turn or roll round on, or as on, an axis, like a wheel; to rotate, -- which is the more specific word in this sense.
  • intransitive v. To move in a curved path round a center.
  • intransitive v. To pass in cycles.
  • intransitive v. To return; to pass.
  • transitive v. To cause to turn, as on an axis.
  • transitive v. Hence, to turn over and over in the mind; to reflect repeatedly upon; to consider all aspects of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To turn or roll about on an axis; rotate.
  • To move about a center; circle; move in a curved path; follow such a course as to come round again to a former place: as, the planets revolve about the sun.
  • To pass through periodic changes; return or recur at regular intervals; hence, to come around in process of time.
  • To pass to and fro in the mind; be revolved or pondered.
  • To revolve ideas in the mind; dwell, as upon a fixed idea; meditate; ponder.
  • To return; devolve again.
  • To turn or cause to roll round, as upon an axis.
  • To cause to move in a circular course or orbit: as, to revolve the planets in an orrery.
  • To turn over and over in the mind; ponder; meditate on; consider.
  • To turn over the pages of; look through; search.
  • n. A revolution; a radical change in political or social affairs.
  • n. A thought; a purpose or intention.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to move by turning over or in a circular manner of as if on an axis
  • v. turn on or around an axis or a center
  • v. move in an orbit

Etymologies

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; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • He is still battling himself, and I think the show will completely begin revolve around him in some kind of way … … … ….

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  • But the central theme around which all tariffs seem to revolve is the fear of so-called cheap foreign competition, the cheap labour content, entirely ignoring the fact that both in the States and in Canada we have a productivity factor that is unequalled in the rest of the world.

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  • Countries which have won their independence or gone through a nationalist revolution usually change their names, and any country or other unit round which strong feelings revolve is likely to have several names, each of them carrying a different implication.

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  • Those bodies, in short, revolve in orbits: but there are (or, conformably to the laws of astronomy, there might be) others which, instead of an orbit, describe a trajectory — a course not returning into itself.

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  • The only puns I know in Korean revolve around the fact that they use the same word for “pepper” and “penis,” for “spicy” and “erect,” and for “eat” and “fuck.”

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  • "I anticipate that increased trading activity in mainland parcels will absorb any shortfall created by temporary vacancies, and conversion fees, but the implications for LIF in the short term revolve around cash flow.

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  • It is obvious that if the stirrer is fixed, and the pail itself made to revolve, that is the same as if the pail were fixed and the stirrer made to revolve.

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  • The picture was not the best but the model JD attached is very close to the correct shape but the revolve is the same width from start to finish.

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  • ... close to the correct shape but the revolve is the same width from start to finish.

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