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|part of speech:
||rotated, rotates, rotating
||to turn on or around a central point.
A wheel rotates on an axle.
- similar words:
are often confused. Both of these words describe the motion of Earth and other planets, moons, and stars. Rotate
means to spin around an axis. Earth rotates completely in about 24 hours. Each rotation is one day.Revolve
means to travel in a curved path around a central object. Earth revolves around the sun in about 365.25 days. Each revolution is one year.