rotate




Rotate means to circle around a center point. Wheels on a car rotate, planets rotate, and if you’re an ice skater, you rotate on the blade of a skate when you do your spins.

Rotate can also mean that you take turns performing a job. If you, Jim, and Shelia all got the same amount of votes in the class election, you could rotate the role of treasurer, meaning the position would pass from one to another in a regular pattern. Rotate can also refer to other things that are passed along in a regular order. You might rotate lawn duties with your brother — that means you mow the lawn one week and he mows it the next.

Definitions of rotate
  1. verb

    turn on or around an axis or a center

    “The lamb roast
    rotates on a spit over the fire”
    synonyms:
    go around, revolve

    circumvolve

    cause to turn on an axis or center
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    drive in, screw

    cause to penetrate, as with a circular motion
    screw

    turn like a screw
    wheel, wheel around

    change directions as if revolving on a pivot
    gyrate, reel, spin, spin around, whirl

    revolve quickly and repeatedly around one’s own axis
    swirl, twiddle, twirl, whirl

    turn in a twisting or spinning motion
    screw up

    screw or turn higher
    cartwheel

    do cartwheels: perform an acrobatic movement using both hands and feet
    whirligig

    whirl or spin like a whirligig
    type of:

    turn

    move around an axis or a center

  2. verb

    turn outward

    “ballet dancers can
    rotate their legs out by 90 degrees”
    synonyms:
    splay, spread out, turn out
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    type of:

    turn

    change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

  3. verb

    cause to turn on an axis or center

    Rotate the handle”
    synonyms:
    circumvolve

    go around, revolve

    turn on or around an axis or a center
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    crank, crank up

    rotate with a crank
    birl, spin, twirl, whirl

    cause to spin
    birl, birle

    cause a floating log to rotate by treading
    type of:

    turn

    change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

  4. verb

    exchange on a regular basis

    “We
    rotate the lead soprano every night”
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    type of:

    alternate

    exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions

  5. verb

    plant or grow in a fixed cyclic order of succession

    “We
    rotate the crops so as to maximize the use of the soil”
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    type of:

    grow

    cause to grow or develop

  6. verb

    perform a job or duty on a rotating basis

    “Interns have to
    rotate for a few months”
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    type of:

    serve

    do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function

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