[ roh-teyt or, especially British, roh-teyt ]
/ ˈroʊ teɪt or, especially British, roʊˈteɪt /
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verb (used with object), ro·tat·ed, ro·tat·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), ro·tat·ed, ro·tat·ing.
to turn around on or as if on an axis.
to proceed in a fixed routine of succession: The sentries rotated in keeping watch.
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Origin of rotate1
First recorded in 1800–10; from Latin rotātus (past participle of rotāre “to cause to spin, roll, move in a circle”), equivalent to rot(a) “wheel” + -ātus-ate1
synonym study for rotate
1. See turn.
OTHER WORDS FROM rotate
ro·tat·a·ble, adjectivero·tat·a·bly, adverbnon·ro·tat·a·ble, adjectivenon·ro·tat·ing, adjective
un·ro·tat·ed, adjectiveun·ro·tat·ing, adjective
Other definitions for rotate (2 of 2)
[ roh-teyt ]
/ ˈroʊ teɪt /
wheel-shaped: applied especially to a gamopetalous short-tubed corolla with a spreading limb.
Origin of rotate2
1775–85; <Latin rot(a) wheel + -ate1
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How to use rotate in a sentence
It consists of a fixed and a rotatable coil whose windings are not connected with each other.
It consists of a fixed and a rotatable coil with the coils connected in series.
British Dictionary definitions for rotate
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
Derived forms of rotaterotatable, adjective
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