Definition of rotate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    rotate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rəʊˈteɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈroʊteɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rotate
    BrE BrE//rəʊˈteɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈroʊteɪt//
     
    he / she / it rotates
    BrE BrE//rəʊˈteɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈroʊteɪts//
     
    past simple rotated
    BrE BrE//rəʊˈteɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈroʊteɪtɪd//
     
    past participle rotated
    BrE BrE//rəʊˈteɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈroʊteɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form rotating
    BrE BrE//rəʊˈteɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈroʊteɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to move or turn around a central fixed point; to make something do this Stay well away from the helicopter when its blades start to rotate. rotate about/around something winds rotating around the eye of a hurricane rotate something Rotate the wheel through 180 degrees.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] if a job rotates, or if people rotate a job, they regularly change the job or regularly change who does the job (+ adv./prep.) The EU presidency rotates among the members. When I joined the company, I rotated around the different sections. rotate something We rotate the night shift so no one has to do it all the time.
  3. Word Origin late 17th cent.: from Latin rotat- ‘turned in a circle’, from the verb rotare, from rota ‘wheel’.Extra examples The blades rotate around a central point. The earth rotates on its axis. The handle rotates through 360 degrees. Make sure that the propellor can rotate freely. Once the starter motor is rotating, you should be able to get the car going. The blades of the fan rotated rapidly above her. The earth takes 24 hours to rotate on its axis.
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