[ 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 rotate

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.


Definition 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 rotate

1775–85; <Latin rot(a) wheel + -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for rotate


verb (rəʊˈteɪt)

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

adjective (ˈrəʊteɪt)

botany designating a corolla the united petals of which radiate from a central point like the spokes of a wheel

Derived forms of rotate

rotatable, adjective
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