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Meaning of ROTATE

Pronunciation:  'rowteyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  plant or grow in a fixed cyclic order of succession; "We rotate the crops so as to maximize the use of the soil"
  2. [v]  perform a job or duty on a rotating basis; "Interns have to rotate for a few months"
  3. [v]  turn on or around an axis or a center; "The Earth revolves around the Sun"; "The lamb roast rotates on a spit over the fire"
  4. [v]  cause to turn on an axis or center; "Rotate the handle"
  5. [v]  exchange on a regular basis; "We rotate the lead soprano every night"

ROTATE is a 6 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: go around, revolve
 See Also: alternate, birl, birle, center, center on, concentrate on, crank, crank up, drive in, focus on, grow, gyrate, reel, revolve about, revolve around, screw, serve, spin, spin around, swirl, turn, twiddle, twirl, wheel, wheel around, whirl



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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 corolla with a flattish border, and no tube or a
    very short one.
  2. \Ro"tate\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Rotated}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To turn, as a wheel, round an axis; to revolve.
    2. To perform any act, function, or operation in turn, to
       hold office in turn; as, to rotate in office.
  3. \Ro"tate\, v. i.
    1. To cause to turn round or revolve, as a wheel around an
    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, were rotated out
       of office.'' --Harper's Mag.
Biology Dictionary
  1. Verb: To turn.
  2. Adjective: Circular and flattened, e.g. of a corolla with a very short tube and spreading lobes.