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Etymology edit

Borrowed from Latin rotātus, perfect passive participle of rotō (revolve), from rota (wheel).

Pronunciation edit

  • (UK) enPR: rōtāt', IPA(key): /ɹəʊˈteɪt/
  • (US) enPR: rō'tāt, IPA(key): /ˈɹoʊteɪt/
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  • Rhymes: (UK) -eɪt

Verb edit

rotate (third-person singular simple present rotates, present participle rotating, simple past and past participle rotated)

  1. (intransitive) To spin, turn, or revolve.
    He rotated in his chair to face me.
    The earth rotates.
  2. (intransitive) To advance through a sequence; to take turns.
    The nurses' shifts rotate each week.
  3. (intransitive, of aircraft) To lift the nose during takeoff, just prior to liftoff.
    The aircraft rotates at sixty knots.
  4. (transitive) To spin, turn, or revolve something.
    Rotate the dial to the left.
  5. (transitive) To advance something through a sequence; to allocate or deploy in turns.
    • 1975, “Architectural Digest”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name), volume 32, page 112:
      I've always admired the Japanese point of view that holds it best not to have a great number of objects around at one time but to rotate possessions — and display them with great simplicity.
  6. (transitive) To replace older materials or to place older materials in front of newer ones so that older ones get used first.
    The supermarket rotates the stock daily so that old foods don't sit around.
  7. (transitive) To grow or plant (crops) in a certain order.

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  • Finnish: rotatoida

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Adjective edit

rotate (not comparable)

  1. Having the parts spreading out like a wheel; wheel-shaped.
    a rotate spicule or scale; a rotate corolla

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  1. inflection of rotare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

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rotate f pl

  1. feminine plural of rotato

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  1. second-person plural present active imperative of rotō

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  1. second-person singular voseo imperative of rotar combined with te