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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    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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    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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    serve
    do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function
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