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

 

pivot

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈpɪvət//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪvət//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pivot
BrE BrE//ˈpɪvət//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪvət//
 
he / she / it pivots
BrE BrE//ˈpɪvəts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪvəts//
 
past simple pivoted
BrE BrE//ˈpɪvətɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪvətɪd//
 
past participle pivoted
BrE BrE//ˈpɪvətɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪvətɪd//
 
-ing form pivoting
BrE BrE//ˈpɪvətɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪvətɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] pivot (something) (+ adv./prep.) to turn or balance on a central point (= a pivot); to make something do this Windows that pivot from a central point are easy to clean. She pivoted around and walked out. Word Origin late Middle English: from French, probably from the root of dialect pue ‘tooth of a comb’ and Spanish pu(y)a ‘point’. The verb dates from the mid 19th cent.Extra examples He pivoted on one foot and threw the ball to Gary. She pivoted around and walked out of the room. The mechanism pivots around a central point. Phrasal Verbspivot around something
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