Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
A pivot is a central point upon which something turns or rotates. A pivot can also be a person or thing that is an integral part of a community, situation or company. A pivot can refer to a person or position from which troops take as the reference point when moving. A pivot is also a move in basketball where a player who is in possession of the ball can move in any direction while keeping one foot in contact with the floor. As a verb to pivot can mean to turn or rotate. If something pivots on something else it means it depends on it.
To pivot can mean to rotate or change direction as if on a pivot. This use can be literal or metaphorical.