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

     

    pivot

     verb
    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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  1. 1[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.
  2. 2[intransitive] (business) pivot (to/towards something) to change direction; to change the way in which something is done The company is pivoting towards mobile and away from social media. Oracle is pivoting towards delivering all of its software as a service.
  3. Word Originlate 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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