Rotate Definition

rotated, rotates, rotating
rotated, rotates, rotating
To turn around or cause to turn around a center point or axis; revolve.
Webster's New World
To go or cause to go in a regular and recurring succession of changes; take, or cause to take, turns.
To rotate crops.
Webster's New World
To cause to turn on an axis or center.
American Heritage
To plant or grow (crops) in a fixed order of succession.
American Heritage
To cause to alternate or proceed in sequence.
The coach rotates her players frequently near the end of the game.
American Heritage
Shaped like a wheel, with radiating parts, as the corolla of some flowers.
Webster's New World

Origin of Rotate

  • From Latin rotātus, perfect passive participle of rotō (“revolve"), from rota (“wheel").

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin rotāre rotāt- from rota wheel ret- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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