From prō- +‎ volvō (roll).



prōvolvō (present infinitive prōvolvere, perfect active prōvolvī, supine prōvolūtum); third conjugation

  1. I roll or tumble forwards, along, over and over or away.
  2. (with passive or se) I cast myself down, fall down, prostrate myself; descend.
  3. (figuratively) I snatch away, carry away, hurry on.


   Conjugation of prōvolvō (third conjugation)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present prōvolvō prōvolvis prōvolvit prōvolvimus prōvolvitis prōvolvunt
imperfect prōvolvēbam prōvolvēbās prōvolvēbat prōvolvēbāmus prōvolvēbātis prōvolvēbant
future prōvolvam prōvolvēs prōvolvet prōvolvēmus prōvolvētis prōvolvent
perfect prōvolvī prōvolvistī prōvolvit prōvolvimus prōvolvistis prōvolvērunt,
pluperfect prōvolveram prōvolverās prōvolverat prōvolverāmus prōvolverātis prōvolverant
future perfect prōvolverō prōvolveris prōvolverit prōvolverimus prōvolveritis prōvolverint
passive present prōvolvor prōvolveris,
prōvolvitur prōvolvimur prōvolviminī prōvolvuntur
imperfect prōvolvēbar prōvolvēbāris,
prōvolvēbātur prōvolvēbāmur prōvolvēbāminī prōvolvēbantur
future prōvolvar prōvolvēris,
prōvolvētur prōvolvēmur prōvolvēminī prōvolventur
perfect prōvolūtus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect prōvolūtus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect prōvolūtus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present prōvolvam prōvolvās prōvolvat prōvolvāmus prōvolvātis prōvolvant
imperfect prōvolverem prōvolverēs prōvolveret prōvolverēmus prōvolverētis prōvolverent
perfect prōvolverim prōvolverīs prōvolverit prōvolverīmus prōvolverītis prōvolverint
pluperfect prōvolvissem prōvolvissēs prōvolvisset prōvolvissēmus prōvolvissētis prōvolvissent
passive present prōvolvar prōvolvāris,
prōvolvātur prōvolvāmur prōvolvāminī prōvolvantur
imperfect prōvolverer prōvolverēris,
prōvolverētur prōvolverēmur prōvolverēminī prōvolverentur
perfect prōvolūtus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect prōvolūtus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present prōvolve prōvolvite
future prōvolvitō prōvolvitō prōvolvitōte prōvolvuntō
passive present prōvolvere prōvolviminī
future prōvolvitor prōvolvitor prōvolvuntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives prōvolvere prōvolvisse prōvolūtūrum esse prōvolvī prōvolūtum esse prōvolūtum īrī
participles prōvolvēns prōvolūtūrus prōvolūtus prōvolvendus
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
prōvolvendī prōvolvendō prōvolvendum prōvolvendō prōvolūtum prōvolūtū

Related termsEdit


  • provolvo”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • provolvo”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • provolvo in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette