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

Synonyms for rotate

Synonyms: Verb

pivot, revolve, roll, spin, swing, swirl, swivel, turn, twirl, twist, wheel, whirl

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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

And even though the stripes in the middle had likely been contorted by a ridge segment that rotated over time, the maps clearly revealed a giant zebra crossing of magnetic stripes running across the massif. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "This is now the world's largest volcano, geologists say," 15 July 2019 The dorms were interesting, as well: about a dozen sleeping rooms, each with curtains for doors; a wide, single bed; and three closets for storage for the three firefighters who will rotate use of the room. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "North Ridgeville’s new fire station doesn’t disappoint," 15 July 2019 Wolf came along at the right time and with the right skills to be the first artist in what will likely become an annual program that rotates among the library’s six branches, Jessing said. Janene Holzberg, baltimoresun.com, "Meet Howard County Library System’s ‘famous’ artist-in-residence," 15 July 2019 The pair is planning on a menu that will rotate seasonally, as well as offer a few staples. Adam Lukach, chicagotribune.com, "First Look: Superkhana International brings a celebration of Indian food to gorgeous space in Logan Square," 11 July 2019 Cook, rotating the baking sheet once halfway through cooking, until the scallions in the butter are caramelized, the fillet edges are lightly charred and the fillets are all cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes, depending on their thickness. Ben Mims, latimes.com, "Redfish blackened with Korean chile flake butter is the perfect summer dish," 13 June 2019 After completion, the group rotated so everyone experienced each part of the exercise. Fox News, "Fly off to Mars at Kennedy Space Center’s Astronaut Training Experience," 5 July 2019 Buffon spent last season at Paris Saint-Germain, but only made 17 league appearances in its title winning campaign, having to settle for being rotated with Alphonse Areola. Ben Morse, CNN, "Gianluigi Buffon rejoins Juventus after just one season at PSG," 4 July 2019 With Glass rotating his lineups with the schedule of three games in three days, Duncan Robinson was given Wednesday off. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Heat’s Maten continues growth curve in summer-league victory; Herro scores 20," 3 July 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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rotate

verb

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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