rotate

adjective
ro·​tate | \ ˈrō-ˌtāt How to pronounce rotate (audio) \

Definition of rotate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having the parts flat and spreading or radiating like the spokes of a wheel rotate blue flowers

rotate

verb
ro·​tate | \ ˈrō-ˌtāt How to pronounce rotate (audio) , especially British rō-ˈtāt\
rotated; rotating

Definition of rotate (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to perform an act, function, or operation in turn
b : to pass or alternate in a series
2 : to turn about an axis or a center : revolve especially : to move in such a way that all particles follow circles with a common angular velocity about a common axis

transitive verb

1a : to cause to turn or move about an axis or a center
b : to cause (a plane region or line) to sweep out a volume or surface by moving around an axis so that each of its points remains at a constant distance from the axis generate a torus by rotating a circle about an external line
2 : to cause to grow in rotation rotate crops
3 : to cause to pass or act in a series : alternate
4 : to exchange (individuals or units) with others

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Other Words from rotate

Verb

rotatable \ ˈrō-​ˌtā-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce rotatable (audio) also  rō-​ˈtā-​ \ adjective

Examples of rotate in a Sentence

Verb As the gear rotates, it turns the other gears. The Earth rotates on its axis. The planets rotate around the sun. The software allows you to rotate images. Rotate the sheet of paper 90 degrees. The staff rotates the weekend shift. We rotate—she does the dishes one week; I do them the next. You should rotate your car's tires once a year.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Rotate pie plate about 15° (if the top of the pie is the 12 o’clock mark, turn it to 2 o’clock). Rick Martinez, Bon Appetit, "BA's Best Blueberry Pie," 10 July 2017 Rotate steaks 45 degrees and cook another 2 minutes. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Grilled Kansas City Strip Steaks," 3 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The engines are packed inside four wings with flaps that rotate so the aircraft can take off and land vertically like a helicopter. Adam Satariano, New York Times, "Inside the High-Stakes Race to Build the World’s First Flying Taxi," 5 Nov. 2019 See something in a parlor or bedroom that rotates, like a fan or a spinning magazine rack? Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Luigi’s Mansion 3 review: The most “Nintendo” game from Nintendo in years," 28 Oct. 2019 Power comes from a high-speed brushless motor that rotates the toothy metal band at 380 surface feet per minute. Dan Roe, Popular Mechanics, "Things Come Apart: Milwaukee Cordless Band Saw," 20 Oct. 2019 Live music from eight different bands blasted on the center stage playing covers that rotated through music genres. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "ICYMI: Annual Rice Harvest Festival celebrates all things Katy," 19 Oct. 2019 Chuck Jones, who runs Jones Coffee Roasters, pours hot water at the huge granite taste testing table that rotates in the company’s Pasadena location. Los Angeles Times, "This Pasadena roaster sells coffee that lures even Starbucks," 11 Oct. 2019 The tiny island of Guam holds a naval base with fast attack submarines and an Air Force base with bombers that rotate in from the mainland. Washington Post, "Large chunk of border wall funding diverted from tiny Guam," 28 Sep. 2019 Bacteria swim toward food, for instance, by way of molecular machinery that rotates propeller-like protrusions known as flagella. Tom Siegfried, Smithsonian, "How Tiny, Microbe-Propelled Bots Could Deliver Drugs In Our Bodies," 26 Sep. 2019 That honor goes to the slot cornerback responsible for Borland’s interception — and another almost interception by Young— and the defensive end that rotated with Young who got his first career sack today. Stephen Means, cleveland.com, "What defenders stood out in Ohio State football’s shutout win over Cincinnati?," 8 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of rotate

Adjective

1760, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1757, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for rotate

Adjective

Latin rota

Verb

Latin rotatus, past participle of rotare, from rota wheel — more at roll

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The first known use of rotate was in 1757

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rotate

verb
How to pronounce rotate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of rotate

: to move or turn in a circle
: to regularly change the person who does a particular job so that all the members of a group do it at different times
: to regularly change the place or position of things or people so that each takes the place of another

rotate

verb
ro·​tate | \ ˈrō-ˌtāt How to pronounce rotate (audio) \
rotated; rotating

Kids Definition of rotate

1 : to turn about an axis or a center
2 : to go from one person to another or others in a cycle The staff rotates working weekends.
3 : to pass in a series The seasons rotate.

rotate

verb
ro·​tate | \ ˈrō-ˌtāt, especially British rō-ˈ\
rotated; rotating

Medical Definition of rotate

intransitive verb

: to turn about an axis or a center

transitive verb

: to cause to turn about an axis or a center rotate the head

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