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From Middle English revolven (to change direction), borrowed 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.


revolve (third-person singular simple present revolves, present participle revolving, simple past and past participle revolved)

  1. (intransitive) To orbit a central point.
    The Earth revolves around the sun.
  2. (intransitive) To turn on an axis.
    The Earth revolves once every twenty-four hours.
    • 1915, G[eorge] A. Birmingham [pseudonym; James Owen Hannay], chapter I, in Gossamer, New York, N.Y.: George H. Doran Company, OCLC 5661828:
      It is never possible to settle down to the ordinary routine of life at sea until the screw begins to revolve. There is an hour or two, after the passengers have embarked, which is disquieting and fussy.
  3. (transitive) To cause to turn.
  4. (intransitive) To recur in cycles.
    The program revolves through all the queues before returning to the start.
    The centuries revolve.
  5. (transitive) To ponder on; to reflect repeatedly upon; to consider all aspects of.

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revolve (plural revolves)

  1. The rotation of part of the scenery within a theatrical production.
  2. (obsolete) A radical change; revolution.






  1. Third-person singular (ele, ela, also used with tu and você?) present indicative of revolver
  2. Second-person singular (tu) affirmative imperative of revolver