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 Lockheed Martin’s entry, designed by subsidiary Sikorsky, is the Raider-X. Raider X uses two contra-rotating main rotor blades and a push propeller. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army’s New Recon Chopper Is Beginning To Take Shape," 26 Mar. 2020 Marie-Chantal, 51, and Prince Pavlos, 52, live in an Upper East Side townhouse with their rotating cast of five children — Olympia, 23, Constantine, 21, Achileas, 19, Odysseas, 15 and Aristides, 11 — as well as their dogs, Akila and Storm. Isabel Wilkinson, New York Times, "How Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece Spends Her Sundays," 20 Mar. 2020 Full details of what the rotating shutdowns will entail are expected from the automakers tomorrow. Laura Sky Brown, Car and Driver, "UAW Gets Automakers to Agree to Clean Plants, Not Shut Them Down," 18 Mar. 2020 Soul Fire Art Studio in Delafield Soul Fire Art Studio, 636 Main St., Delafield, is offering a rotating variety of to-go kits and taking custom kit orders. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee-area art studios create to-go art kits to keep kids and adults busy while they're stuck at home," 18 Mar. 2020 On Earth, our magnetic field is driven by what’s known as a geodynamo, created as the molten iron core inside the rotating planet steadily churns some 1,800 miles beneath our feet. National Geographic, "Mars is humming. Scientists aren’t sure why.," 24 Feb. 2020 The hosts outscored the three rotating opponents 51-8 in Tuscaloosa. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Alabama softball dominates Bama Bash by combined 51-8," 23 Feb. 2020 Frost it evenly, meticulously, and efficiently using a rotating cake stand. Sunset Magazine, "The Perfect Cooking and Baking Projects for a Three-Day Weekend," 14 Feb. 2020 The rotating bezel on the Gear Sport also provides an extra way to navigate Tizen. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Smartwatches worthy of replacing your favorite timepiece," 16 Jan. 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Rotate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rotate. Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for rotate

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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