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gyrate

gy·rate

gyrate

 
pronunciation:
jaI reIt
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: gyrated, gyrates, gyrating
definition: to move or revolve on or around a fixed point or axis, or in a circle or spiral; rotate; spin.
similar words:
revolve, ring, roll, rotate, spin
derivations: gyratory (adj.), gyrator (n.)
Word Parts
The word gyrate contains the following parts:
gyr, gyro Greek root that means circle
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-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).