- 1[transitive, intransitive] swivel (something) (+ adv./prep.) to turn or make something turn around a fixed central point synonym spin She swivelled the chair around to face them.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] swivel (something) (+ adv./prep.) to turn or move your body, eyes or head around quickly to face another direction synonym swing He swivelled around to look at her. Word Origin Middle English, from the base of Old English swīfan ‘to move (along a course), sweep’.Extra examples He swivelled the board round. I swivelled my head to peer at him. She swivelled her chair around to face them. Swivelling on her heel, she marched back down the corridor. The ball should be able to swivel freely in the socket. The man’s eyes swivelled away towards the window.
BrE BrE//ˈswɪvl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈswɪvl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they swivel
BrE BrE//ˈswɪvl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈswɪvl//he / she / it swivels
BrE BrE//ˈswɪvlz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈswɪvlz//past simple swivelled
BrE BrE//ˈswɪvld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈswɪvld//past participle swivelled
BrE BrE//ˈswɪvld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈswɪvld//(US English) past simple swiveled
BrE BrE//ˈswɪvld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈswɪvld//(US English) past participle swiveled
BrE BrE//ˈswɪvld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈswɪvld//-ing form swivelling
BrE BrE//ˈswɪvlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈswɪvlɪŋ//(US English) -ing form swiveling
BrE BrE//ˈswɪvlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈswɪvlɪŋ//