- 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[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. Word Origin late 17th cent.: from Latin rotat-
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//