verb (used without object), re·volved, re·volv·ing.
- 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), re·volved, re·volv·ing.
- 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.
- to move or cause to move around a centre or axis; rotate
- (intr) to occur periodically or in cycles
- to consider or be considered
- (intr ; 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
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.