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revolve

re·volve

revolve

 
 
pronunciation:
rih valv
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: revolved, revolves, revolving
definition 1: to turn or spin on an axis.
We do not feel the motion of the earth as it revolves.
synonyms:
gyrate, rotate, spin, turn, wheel
similar words:
pivot, twirl, whirl
definition 2: to move in circular fashion around a fixed point.
Earth revolves around the Sun.
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synonyms:
circle, gyrate, pivot, rotate, spin, turn
similar words:
orbit, reel, ring, roll, swivel, twirl, wheel, wind
definition 3: to primarily involve or be concerned about; focus on (fol. by around).
The labor issue revolves around wages.For months, her life revolved around preparing for the piano competition.
similar words:
hinge, pivot, turn
definition 4: to recur at periodic intervals.
synonyms:
alternate, rotate
similar words:
recur, return
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to cause to move in a circular motion.
synonyms:
rotate, spin, turn, twirl, wheel, whirl
similar words:
roll, swirl, swivel, twist, wind
definition 2: to think upon; reflect about.
She revolved the matter for endless hours.
synonyms:
consider, contemplate, mull, ponder
similar words:
cogitate, study
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derivation: revolvable (adj.)
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