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From re- (back, again) +‎ volvō (roll).



revolvō (present infinitive revolvere, perfect active revolvī, supine revolūtum); third conjugation

  1. I roll back; unroll, unwind; revolve, return.
  2. I turn over, read over, repeat.
  3. I relate again, repeat; reenact; brood or reflect upon.
  4. (passive voice) I come or go back, return, recur, relapse.


   Conjugation of revolvō (third conjugation)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present revolvō revolvis revolvit revolvimus revolvitis revolvunt
imperfect revolvēbam revolvēbās revolvēbat revolvēbāmus revolvēbātis revolvēbant
future revolvam revolvēs revolvet revolvēmus revolvētis revolvent
perfect revolvī revolvistī revolvit revolvimus revolvistis revolvērunt,
pluperfect revolveram revolverās revolverat revolverāmus revolverātis revolverant
future perfect revolverō revolveris revolverit revolverimus revolveritis revolverint
passive present revolvor revolveris,
revolvitur revolvimur revolviminī revolvuntur
imperfect revolvēbar revolvēbāris,
revolvēbātur revolvēbāmur revolvēbāminī revolvēbantur
future revolvar revolvēris,
revolvētur revolvēmur revolvēminī revolventur
perfect revolūtus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect revolūtus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect revolūtus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present revolvam revolvās revolvat revolvāmus revolvātis revolvant
imperfect revolverem revolverēs revolveret revolverēmus revolverētis revolverent
perfect revolverim revolverīs revolverit revolverīmus revolverītis revolverint
pluperfect revolvissem revolvissēs revolvisset revolvissēmus revolvissētis revolvissent
passive present revolvar revolvāris,
revolvātur revolvāmur revolvāminī revolvantur
imperfect revolverer revolverēris,
revolverētur revolverēmur revolverēminī revolverentur
perfect revolūtus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect revolūtus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present revolve revolvite
future revolvitō revolvitō revolvitōte revolvuntō
passive present revolvere revolviminī
future revolvitor revolvitor revolvuntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives revolvere revolvisse revolūtūrum esse revolvī revolūtum esse revolūtum īrī
participles revolvēns revolūtūrus revolūtus revolvendus
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
revolvendī revolvendō revolvendum revolvendō revolūtum revolūtū

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