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.

Primary Meanings of rotate

1.
v
turn on or around an axis or a center
2.
v
exchange on a regular basis
Full Definitions of rotate
1

v 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
Types:
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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

v turn outward

“ballet dancers can rotate their legs out by 90 degrees”
Synonyms:
splay, spread out, turn out
Type of:
turn
change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

v 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
Types:
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
2

v exchange on a regular basis

“We rotate the lead soprano every night”
Type of:
alternate
exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions

v plant or grow in a fixed cyclic order of succession

“We rotate the crops so as to maximize the use of the soil”
Type of:
grow
cause to grow or develop

v perform a job or duty on a rotating basis

“Interns have to rotate for a few months”
Type of:
serve
do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function

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