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


  • (UK) enPR: rōtāt', IPA(key): /ɹəʊˈteɪt/
  • (US) enPR: rō'tāt, IPA(key): /ˈɹoʊteɪt/
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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.
  2. (intransitive) To advance through a sequence; to take turns.
    The nurses' shifts rotate each week.
  3. (intransitive, of aircraft) To lift the nose, just prior to takeoff.
    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.
  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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rotate (not comparable)

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