What does rotate mean?

Definitions for rotate
ˈroʊ teɪt; esp. Brit. roʊˈteɪtro·tate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. revolve, go around, rotateverb

    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. rotateverb

    exchange on a regular basis

    "We rotate the lead soprano every night"

  3. rotateverb

    perform a job or duty on a rotating basis

    "Interns have to rotate for a few months"

  4. rotate, circumvolveverb

    cause to turn on an axis or center

    "Rotate the handle"

  5. turn out, splay, spread out, rotateverb

    turn outward

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

  6. rotateverb

    plant or grow in a fixed cyclic order of succession

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


  1. rotateverb

    to spin, turn, or revolve.

    He rotated in his chair to face me.

  2. rotateverb

    to advance through a sequence; to take turns.

    The nurses' shifts rotate each week.

  3. rotateverb

    to lift the nose, just prior to takeoff.

    The aircraft rotates at sixty knots.

  4. rotateverb

    to spin, turn, or revolve something.

    Rotate the dial to the left.

  5. rotateverb

    to advance something through a sequence.

  6. rotateverb

    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. rotateverb

    to grow or plant in a certain order.

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


  1. rotate

    Rotation, or spin, is the circular movement of an object around a central axis. A two-dimensional rotating object has only one possible central axis and can rotate in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. A three-dimensional object has an infinite number of possible central axes and rotational directions. If the rotation axis passes internally through the body's own center of mass, then the body is said to be autorotating or spinning, and the surface intersection of the axis can be called a pole. A rotation around a completely external axis, e.g. the planet Earth around the Sun, is called revolving or orbiting, typically when it is produced by gravity, and the ends of the rotation axis can be called the orbital poles.


  1. rotate

    To rotate is to move or cause to move in a circular motion around a central point or axis. It can refer to the movement of objects, shapes, or entities in physical space, or to abstract concepts, such as the rotation of roles or responsibilities. The term is commonly used in various fields, including mathematics, physics, astronomy, and geometry.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rotateadjective

    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. Rotateverb

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

  3. Rotateverb

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

  4. Rotateverb

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

  5. Rotateverb

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

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


  1. Rotate


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  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

Examples of rotate in a Sentence

  1. Louis Kuijs of Oxford Economics:

    China's economy performed well in the initial stages of the recovery from Covid-19, benefiting from infrastructure-oriented stimulus and strong real estate activity and exports, the big question in China is whether this year growth can rotate away from infrastructure and real estate to corporate investment and consumption.

  2. Eric Radford:

    Perhaps one way to avoid holding Olympic Games in a place that is hostile towards LGBTQ + people and marginalized communities would be to decide on a select group of cities in countries that have been fully vetted for their record on human rights and their treatment of LGBTQ + citizens and rotate between them every four years.

  3. Alex Ondrick:

    Regularly rotate passwords, especially on email/social media accounts, and for Wi-Fi and home router(s).

  4. Defense Minister Mircea Dusa:

    We will permanently rotate troops on this flank.

  5. Michael Hess:

    What's happening in commercial crew is a big deal, crew Dragon, Crew Dragon, was designed and built by SpaceX, not by NASA and traditional contractor partnerships. Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will definitely be earning Bob Behnken spacecraft test pilot wings with this mission. Also, the Space Station Program is really looking forward to another way to rotate crews to [ the ] station to perform science and experiments to benefit all.

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