- to cause to turn around an axis or center point; revolve.
- to cause to go through a cycle of changes; cause to pass or follow in a fixed routine of succession: to rotate farm crops.
- to replace (a person, troops, etc.) by another or others, usually according to a schedule or plan.
- to turn around on or as if on an axis.
- to proceed in a fixed routine of succession: The sentries rotated in keeping watch.
Origin of rotate1
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- wheel-shaped: applied especially to a gamopetalous short-tubed corolla with a spreading limb.
Origin of rotate2
Examples from the Web for rotate
Rotate those chairs, and senators might rotate back to their states earlier than usual.A Conservative Explains Why The GOP Could Lose
November 2, 2014
Each facility has a Rabbi, though some of the smaller ones have traveling Rabbis that rotate from joint to joint.A Jewish Ex-Con Recalls Keeping Kosher with the Faithful in Prison
May 11, 2014
When we came back, we were the second string and on a predictable calendar to rotate in and out of combat.Meet the Original 'Fighting Irish’
March 17, 2014
Cells work in isolation, rotate members every few months, and keep members ignorant of organizational levels above them.The Devil’s Drug: The True Story of Meth in New Mexico
August 24, 2013
It can move backwards or forwards on its own power, and the men operating it can rotate it this way or that.Thatcher's Economic Legacy
April 8, 2013
If it does not, rotate the tube, but still so that the flame plays in the nick.
If the tool be lightly held, it will be found that it tends to rotate by itself.
You are not to rotate the object consciously or help it in any way.A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis
Imagine a paddle-wheel placed in water and caused to rotate.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
It would be necessary then that the ring-system should rotate around the planet.Myths and Marvels of Astronomy
Richard A. Proctor
- to turn or cause to turn around an axis, line, or point; revolve or spin
- to follow or cause to follow a set order or sequence
- (of a position, presidency, etc) to pass in turn from one eligible party to each of the other eligible parties
- (of staff) to replace or be replaced in turn
- botany designating a corolla the united petals of which radiate from a central point like the spokes of a wheel
Word Origin and History for rotate
1794, intransitive, back-formation from rotation. Transitive sense from 1823. Related: Rotated; rotating. Rotator "muscle which allows a part to be moved circularly" is recorded from 1670s.