- An example of rotate is to move the tires around on a car to new positions on the car to let them wear evenly.
- An example of rotate is moving the players in a volleyball game.
To rotate is to turn something around a central point, or to take turns.
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- to turn around or cause to turn around a center point or axis; revolve
- to go or cause to go in a regular and recurring succession of changes; take, or cause to take, turns: to rotate crops
Origin of rotate; from Classical Latin rotatus, past participle of rotare, to turn ; from rota, wheel: see roll
shaped like a wheel, with radiating parts, as the corolla of some flowers
Origin of rotate< L rota, wheel + -ate
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- To turn around on an axis or center. See Synonyms at turn.
- To proceed in sequence; take turns or alternate: Interns will rotate through the various departments.
- To cause to turn on an axis or center.
- a. To plant or grow (crops) in a fixed order of succession.b. To cause to alternate or proceed in sequence: The coach rotates her players frequently near the end of the game.
Having radiating parts; wheel-shaped.
Origin of rotateLatin rotare, rotat-, from rota, wheel; see ret- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present rotates, present participle rotating, simple past and past participle rotated)
- (intransitive) to spin, turn, or revolve.
- He rotated in his chair to face me.
- (intransitive) to advance through a sequence; to take turns.
- The nurses' shifts rotate each week.
- (intransitive, of aircraft) to lift the nose, just prior to takeoff.
- The aircraft rotates at sixty knots.
- to spin, turn, or revolve something.
- Rotate the dial to the left.
- to advance something through a sequence.
- to replace older materials or to place older materials in front of newer ones so that older ones get used first.
- The supermarket rotates the stock daily so that old foods don't sit around.
- (of crops) to grow or plant in a certain order.
- Having the parts spreading out like a wheel; wheel-shaped.
- a rotate spicule or scale; a rotate corolla