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Definition of orbit verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

orbit

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈɔːbɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːrbɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they orbit
BrE BrE//ˈɔːbɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːrbɪt//
 
he / she / it orbits
BrE BrE//ˈɔːbɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːrbɪts//
 
past simple orbited
BrE BrE//ˈɔːbɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːrbɪtɪd//
 
past participle orbited
BrE BrE//ˈɔːbɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːrbɪtɪd//
 
-ing form orbiting
BrE BrE//ˈɔːbɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːrbɪtɪŋ//
 
The universe
 
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[transitive, intransitive] orbit (around) something to move in an orbit (= a curved path) around a much larger object, especially a planet, star, etc. The earth takes a year to orbit the sun. Stars near the edge of the galaxy orbit more slowly. See related entries: The universe Word Origin mid 16th cent. (referring to the eye socket): from Latin orbita ‘course, track’ (in medieval Latin ‘eye socket’), feminine of orbitus ‘circular’, from orbis ‘ring’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: orbit

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