pivot

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1. the central point or most important part of something

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everything pivots on getting the deal over the line

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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.

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  1. The whole deal pivots on whether we can get the other side to commit to a deadline.
  2. Janice's work was pivotal in the success of the project, so she was given a large bonus.

2. turn, twist, or change

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pivot to a new career

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To pivot can mean to rotate or change direction as if on a pivot. This use can be literal or metaphorical.

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  1. After claiming that all jobs would be safe despite the implementation of cost-cutting measures, the CEO made a dramatic pivot and announced that the workforce would need to be reduced by 10%.
  2. After years in advertising, John pivoted to a career in finance.

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