Definitions for rotateˈroʊ teɪt; esp. Brit. roʊˈteɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ro•tate*ˈroʊ teɪt; esp. Brit. roʊˈteɪt(v.)-tat•ed, -tat•ing.

  1. (v.i.)to turn around on or as if on an axis; revolve.

  2. to proceed in a fixed routine of succession.

  3. (v.t.)to cause to turn around an axis or center point.

  4. to cause to go through a cycle of changes or follow in a fixed routine of succession:

    to rotate crops.

    Category: Agriculture

  5. to replace (a person, troops, etc.) by another or others, usu. according to a schedule.

* Syn: See turn.

Origin of rotate:

1800–10; < L rotātus, ptp. of rotāre to cause to spin, move in a circle, der. of rota wheel; see -ate1

ro′tat•a•ble(adj.)

ro•tateˈroʊ teɪt(adj.)

  1. wheel-shaped: applied esp. to a gamopetalous short-tubed corolla.

    Category: Botany

Origin of rotate:

1775–85; < L rot(a) wheel + -ate1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. revolve, go around, rotate(verb)

    turn on or around an axis or a center

    "The Earth revolves around the Sun"; "The lamb roast rotates on a spit over the fire"

  2. rotate(verb)

    exchange on a regular basis

    "We rotate the lead soprano every night"

  3. rotate(verb)

    perform a job or duty on a rotating basis

    "Interns have to rotate for a few months"

  4. rotate, circumvolve(verb)

    cause to turn on an axis or center

    "Rotate the handle"

  5. turn out, splay, spread out, rotate(verb)

    turn outward

    "These birds can splay out their toes"; "ballet dancers can rotate their legs out by 90 degrees"

  6. rotate(verb)

    plant or grow in a fixed cyclic order of succession

    "We rotate the crops so as to maximize the use of the soil"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. rotate(verb)ˈroʊ teɪt

    to turn or make turn in a circle

    Rotate the wheel to the right.; The helicopter's blades began to rotate.

  2. rotateˈroʊ teɪt

    to organize a job or activity so that every person in a group has a turn

    Nobody wants to do it, so we'll rotate.; to rotate people through the schedule

Wiktionary

  1. rotate(Verb)

    to spin, turn, or revolve.

    He rotated in his chair to face me.

  2. rotate(Verb)

    to advance through a sequence; to take turns.

    The nurses' shifts rotate each week.

  3. rotate(Verb)

    to lift the nose, just prior to takeoff.

    The aircraft rotates at sixty knots.

  4. rotate(Verb)

    to spin, turn, or revolve something.

    Rotate the dial to the left.

  5. rotate(Verb)

    to advance something through a sequence.

  6. rotate(Verb)

    to replace older materials or to place older materials in front of newer ones so that older ones get used first.

    The supermarket rotates the stock daily so that old foods don't sit around.

  7. rotate(Verb)

    to grow or plant in a certain order.

  8. Origin: From rotatus, perfect passive participle of roto, from rota.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rotate(adj)

    having the parts spreading out like a wheel; wheel-shaped; as, a rotate spicule or scale; a rotate corolla, i.e., a monopetalous corolla with a flattish border, and no tube or a very short one

  2. Rotate(verb)

    to turn, as a wheel, round an axis; to revolve

  3. Rotate(verb)

    to perform any act, function, or operation in turn, to hold office in turn; as, to rotate in office

  4. Rotate(verb)

    to cause to turn round or revolve, as a wheel around an axle

  5. Rotate(verb)

    to cause to succeed in turn; esp., to cause to succeed some one, or to be succeeded by some one, in office


Translations for rotate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

rotate(verb)

to turn like a wheel

He rotated the handle; The earth rotates.

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