What does rotate mean?

Definitions for rotateˈroʊ teɪt; esp. Brit. roʊˈteɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word rotate.

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"


  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

  6. Origin: [L. rotatus, p. p. of rotare to turn round like a wheel, fr. rota wheel. See Rotary, and cf. Roue.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rotate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rotate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Defense Minister Mircea Dusa:

    We will permanently rotate troops on this flank.

  2. Whenever Ben Schlappig:

    They rotate the selection every couple of months so it's almost a fun way to try new champagne.

  3. John Bellows:

    The Treasuries market is still quite expensive with yields quite low. We think there is better opportunity to rotate into corporate and emerging market bonds.

  4. Gary Ross:

    We urge China to reaffirm that it has no plans to deploy or rotate military aircraft at its outposts in the Spratlys, in keeping with China's prior assurances.

  5. Colonel Restituto Padilla:

    We want the U.S. military to watch over our ships, which China attempts to block every time we rotate troops and bring supplies to a ship that ran aground on Ayungin shoal.

Images & Illustrations of rotate

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