Definition of revolution noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

        

    revolution

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    NAmE//ˌrɛvəˈluʃn//
     
     
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  1. 1 [countable, uncountable] an attempt, by a large number of people, to change the government of a country, especially by violent action a socialist revolution the outbreak of the American Revolution in 1776 to start a revolution a country on the brink of revolution Topic CollocationsPoliticspower create/form/be the leader of a political party gain/take/win/lose/regain control of Congress start/spark/lead/be on the brink of a revolution be engaged/locked in an internal power struggle lead/form a rival/breakaway faction seize/take control of power/the government bring down/overthrow/topple the government/president/regime abolish/overthrow/restore the monarchy establish/install a military dictatorship/a stable government be forced/removed/driven from office/power resign/step down as party leader/president/prime minister/governor/a senator enter/retire from/return to political lifepolitical debate spark/provoke a heated/hot/intense/lively debate engage in/participate in/contribute to (the) political/public debate (on/over something) get involved in/feel excluded from the political process launch/start/lead/spearhead a campaign/movement join/be linked with the peace/anti-war/feminist/civil rights movement criticize/speak out against/challenge/support the government lobby/put pressure on the government (to do something) come under fire/pressure from opposition partiespolicy call for/demand/propose/push for/advocate democratic/political/land reform(s) formulate/implement domestic economic policy change/influence/shape/have an impact on government/economic/public policy be consistent with/be in line with/go against/be opposed to government policy reform/restructure/modernize the tax system privatize/improve/deliver/make cuts in public services invest (heavily) in/spend something on schools/education/public services/(the) infrastructure nationalize the banks/the oil industry promise/propose/deliver/give ($80 billion in/significant/substantial/massive) tax cuts a/the budget is approved/passed by Congress/the House/the Senatemaking laws have a majority in/have seats in Congress/the House/the Senate propose/sponsor a bill/legislation/a resolution/an amendment introduce/bring in/draw up/draft/adopt/pass a bill/a law/a resolution/an amendment/legislation/measures amend/repeal an act/a law/legislation veto/vote against/oppose a bill/legislation/a measure/a proposal/a resolution get/require/be decided by a majority vote ⇨ more collocations at economy, vote see also counterrevolution, revolt
  2. 2[countable] a great change in conditions, ways of working, beliefs, etc. that affects large numbers of people a cultural/social/scientific, etc. revolution revolution in something A revolution in information technology is taking place. see also Industrial Revolution
  3. 3[countable, uncountable] revolution (around/on something) a complete circular movement around a point, especially of one planet around another the revolution of the earth around the sun see also revolve
  4. 4(informal rev) [countable] a circular movement made by something fixed to a central point, for example in a car engine rotating at 300 revolutions per minute
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: revolution