rotate

  • 1 rotate — ro‧tate [rəʊˈteɪt ǁ ˈroʊteɪt] verb [intransitive, transitive] if a job rotates, or if people rotate jobs, they each do the jobs for a fixed period of time, one after the other: • Within each section of the company, workers are now rotated from… …

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  • 2 rotate — 1 *turn, revolve, gyrate, circle, spin, twirl, whirl, wheel, eddy, swirl, pirouette 2 Rotate, alternate can both mean to succeed or cause to succeed each other in turn. Rotate may be used in reference to two or more persons or things; it implies… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 Rotate — Ro tate, a. [L. rotatus, p. p. of rotare to turn round like a wheel, fr. rota wheel. See {Rotary}, and cf. {Roue}.] Having the parts spreading out like a wheel; wheel shaped; as, a rotate spicule or scale; a rotate corolla, i.e., a monopetalous… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Rotate — Ro tate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Rotated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rotating}.] 1. To turn, as a wheel, round an axis; to revolve. [1913 Webster] 2. To perform any act, function, or operation in turn, to hold office in turn; as, to rotate in office. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 rotate — [v1] go around in circle circle, circumduct, circumvolve, gyrate, gyre, move, pirouette, pivot, reel, revolve, roll, spin, swivel, troll, trundle, turn, twirl, twist, waltz, wheel, whirl, whirligig, whirr; concepts 147,738 rotate [v2] alternate… …

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  • 6 rotate — [rō′tāt΄, rō tāt′] vi., vt. rotated, rotating [< L rotatus, pp. of rotare, to turn < rota, wheel: see ROLL] 1. to turn around or cause to turn around a center point or axis; revolve 2. to go or cause to go in a regular and recurring… …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 Rotate — Ro tate, v. i. 1. To cause to turn round or revolve, as a wheel around an axle. [1913 Webster] 2. To cause to succeed in turn; esp., to cause to succeed some one, or to be succeeded by some one, in office. [Colloq.] Both, after a brief service,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 rotate — index oscillate, vary Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 9 rotate —   [engl.], rotieren …

    Universal-Lexikon

  • 10 rotate — (v.) 1794, back formation from ROTATION (Cf. rotation). Related: Rotated; rotating …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 11 rotate — ► VERB 1) move in a circle round an axis. 2) move or pass on in a regularly recurring order or succession. 3) grow (different crops) in succession on a particular piece of land. DERIVATIVES rotatable adjective rotatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 12 rotate — 01. Not too long ago, people believed that the sun and all the planets [rotated] around the Earth. 02. It takes the earth 24 hours to [rotate] on its axis. 03. The doctor [rotated] the patient s shoulder to determine if there was any injury to… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 13 rotate — verb ADVERB ▪ quickly, rapidly ▪ gently, slowly ▪ freely ▪ back and forth VERB + ROTATE …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 rotate — [[t]roʊte͟ɪt, AM ro͟ʊteɪt[/t]] rotates, rotating, rotated 1) V ERG When something rotates or when you rotate it, it turns with a circular movement. The Earth rotates round the sun... [V n] Take each foot in both your hands and rotate it to loosen …

    English dictionary

  • 15 rotate */ — UK [rəʊˈteɪt] / US [ˈroʊˌteɪt] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms rotate : present tense I/you/we/they rotate he/she/it rotates present participle rotating past tense rotated past participle rotated 1) to move in a circle around a fixed… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 rotate — ro|tate [rəuˈteıt US ˈrouteıt] v [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of rotare, from rota wheel ] 1.) [I and T] to turn with a circular movement around a central point, or to make something do this = ↑revolve →↑spin ▪ The Earth… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 rotate — ro|tate [ rou,teıt ] verb intransitive or transitive * 1. ) to move in a circle around a fixed central point, or to move something in this way: The Earth rotates 360 degrees every 24 hours. 2. ) if people or things rotate, or if you rotate them,… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 rotate — I. adjective Etymology: Latin rota Date: 1785 having the parts flat and spreading or radiating like the spokes of a wheel < rotate blue flowers > II. verb (rotated; rotating) Etymology: Latin rotatus, past participle of rotare, from rota …

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  • 19 rotate — v. (D; intr.) to rotate on (the earth rotates on its axis) * * * [rəʊ teɪt] (D; intr.) to rotate on (the earth rotates on its axis) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 20 rotate — verb 1 (I, T) to turn around a fixed point, or to make something do this: a rotating blade 2 (I, T) if a job rotates, or if people rotate jobs, they each do the jobs for a fixed period of time, one after the other: The chairmanship of the… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English