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rotate 1[roh-teyt or, esp. British, roh-teyt] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin verb (used with object), ro·tat·ed, ro·tat·ing.

  1. to cause to turn around an axis or center point; revolve.
  2. to cause to go through a cycle of changes; cause to pass or follow in a fixed routine of succession: to rotate farm crops.
  3. to replace (a person, troops, etc.) by another or others, usually according to a schedule or plan.

verb (used without object), ro·tat·ed, ro·tat·ing.

  1. to turn around on or as if on an axis.
  2. to proceed in a fixed routine of succession: The sentries rotated in keeping watch.

Origin of rotate 1 1800–10; Latin rotātus (past participle of rotāre to cause to spin, roll, move in a circle), equivalent to rot(a) wheel + -ātus -ate1 Related formsro·tat·a·ble, adjectivero·tat·a·bly, adverbnon·ro·tat·a·ble, adjectivenon·ro·tat·ing, adjectiveun·ro·tat·ed, adjectiveun·ro·tat·ing, adjectiveSynonyms for rotate 1. wheel, whirl. See turn. Examples from the Web for rotatable Historical Examples of rotatable

  • It consists of a fixed and a rotatable coil whose windings are not connected with each other.

    The Radio Amateur’s Hand Book

    A. Frederick Collins

  • It consists of a fixed and a rotatable coil with the coils connected in series.

    The Radio Amateur’s Hand Book

    A. Frederick Collins

  • British Dictionary definitions for rotatable rotate verb (rəʊˈteɪt)

    1. to turn or cause to turn around an axis, line, or point; revolve or spin
    2. to follow or cause to follow a set order or sequence
    3. (of a position, presidency, etc) to pass in turn from one eligible party to each of the other eligible parties
    4. (of staff) to replace or be replaced in turn

    adjective (ˈrəʊteɪt)

    1. botany designating a corolla the united petals of which radiate from a central point like the spokes of a wheel

    Derived Formsrotatable, adjective Word Origin and History for rotatable rotate v.

    1794, intransitive, back-formation from rotation. Transitive sense from 1823. Related: Rotated; rotating. Rotator “muscle which allows a part to be moved circularly” is recorded from 1670s.

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