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

The individuals helm the accounts, which are maintained by Amazon, on a rotating basis for four months each. Dustin Kurtz, The New Republic, "Why Amazon’s Twitter Ambassadors Are So Sad," 16 Aug. 2019 The quirky collection of antiques and collectibles includes landmark country music LPs, steam-punk lamps created by Chris, and a swiftly rotating selection of costume jewelry curated by Michele. David Lyon, BostonGlobe.com, "Simpler, gentler: A journey through the eastern N.H. hinterlands," 13 Aug. 2019 The Wine Trolley takes riders to four different private tastings at a rotating selection of winery partners that includes Benzinger, Ravenswood, Buena Vista, and more. Michele Petry, House Beautiful, "The Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley Will Take You on a Four-Stop Tasting Tour," 7 Aug. 2019 The RISD Museum also has permanent and rotating exhibits that include works of art created by local, national and international diasporian artists. Crystal Whaley, Essence, "Did You Know Providence Rhode Island Is Full of Black History & Culture?," 6 Aug. 2019 The Active relied solely on its touchscreen for navigation, even though the software was all designed around the watch having a rotating bezel for control. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active 2 brings back the bezel control," 5 Aug. 2019 Desserts include a rotating selection of ice cream and sorbet. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Triple-threat dining: Aboyer and Silencieux join George Trois for a Winnetka trifecta," 5 Aug. 2019 After many weeks of protests that have turned deadly, Sudan's military leadership and the country's pro-democracy movement agreed to form a rotating council that will govern the country for at least three years. Sharif Paget, Hande Atay Alam, CNN, "Sudan suspends all schools after students killed during protests," 31 July 2019 Migrants processed at the border and transported to Phoenix are released into a rotating network of churches around the metro area. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Pima County will spend $530,000 to house migrants in Tucson, seeks reimbursement from feds," 17 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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