[ roh-teyt or, esp. British, roh-teyt ]
/ ˈroʊ teɪt or, esp. British, roʊˈteɪt /

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.

Origin of rotate

1800–10; < Latin rotātus (past participle of rotāre to cause to spin, roll, move in a circle), equivalent to rot(a) wheel + -ātus -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM rotate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for rotating (1 of 2)

/ (rəʊˈteɪtɪŋ) /


revolving around a central axis, line, or pointthe rotating blades of a helicopter
passing in turn to each of two or more eligible partiesthe rotating presidency of the EU

British Dictionary definitions for rotating (2 of 2)


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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