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rotate

ro·tate

rotate

 
 
pronunciation:
ro teIt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: rotated, rotates, rotating
definition 1: to cause to revolve around an axis.
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synonyms:
revolve, roll, spin, turn, wheel
similar words:
circle, pivot, reel, swivel, trundle, twirl, twist, whirl, wind
definition 2: to cause to be planted in cycles.
Farmers rotate their crops on a three-year schedule.
similar words:
alternate, interchange, shift
definition 3: to cause (persons) to be replaced according to cycles.
synonyms:
alternate, interchange, shift
similar words:
stagger, switch
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to turn on or around a fixed point.
synonyms:
gyrate, revolve, roll, turn, wheel
similar words:
circle, pivot, ring, spin, swivel, twirl, whirl
definition 2: to progress according to a cycle of succeeding events; alternate.
synonyms:
alternate, cycle, interchange, revolve
similar words:
proceed, progress, take turns
derivation: rotatable (adj.)
Language Note
Rotate and revolve 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.
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  • rotating:
    spinning; turning on a fixed point.
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Word Parts
The word rotate contains the following parts:
rot Latin root that means turn
-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).