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 This temperature difference makes cold air interact with warm evaporating water, causing the rising warm air to rotate and form a spout. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, "Another day in Michigan: Locals spot waterspout near Mackinac Bridge," 16 Oct. 2020 The hotel, which has 100 rooms, would rotate which rooms were available to rent so that between cleanings the room was empty for 48 hours, Cash said. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, "Hotels in NW Indiana make adjustments as they try to outlast pandemic: ‘I don’t think people really realize how dire this is’," 16 Oct. 2020 The two would rotate reps with Fields while the other worked with Stroud. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Ohio State football inside look: What we learned about the offense from Saturday’s practice in Ohio Stadium," 3 Oct. 2020 The second hit caused Tavakoly’s car to rotate and eject her, police said, and she was struck by oncoming traffic. Mckenna Oxenden, baltimoresun.com, "35-year-old Owings Mills woman dies after car crash early Sunday morning on I-695 in Baltimore," 20 Sep. 2020 This Cuisinart fryer is a twist on the traditional deeper, using a rotisserie function to rotate your turkey and cook it in less oil than a normal fryer requires. Popular Science, "The best fryers for moist and delectable turkey," 15 Sep. 2020 None of those four strikers are a like-for-like match, which would allow the coach to rotate them out for different opponents and needs. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando City coach Oscar Pareja quickly developing once elusive striker depth," 4 Sep. 2020 Leave for one hour, and check on your fiber regularly to rotate it. Lindsay Campbell, Smithsonian Magazine, "How to Make Clothing Dye With Excess Fruits and Vegetables From Your Garden," 3 Sep. 2020 Advantage goes to the teams that are able to rotate in a No. Stephen Whyno, Star Tribune, "First-round back-to-backs favor NHL teams with 2 top goalies," 11 Aug. 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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Time Traveler for rotate

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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 29 Oct. 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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