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[roh-teyt or, esp. British, roh-teyt] /ˈroʊ teɪt or, esp. British, roʊˈteɪt/
verb (used with object), rotated, rotating.
1.
to cause to turn around an axis or center point; revolve.
2.
to cause to go through a cycle of changes; cause to pass or follow in a fixed routine of succession:
to rotate farm crops.
3.
to replace (a person, troops, etc.) by another or others, usually according to a schedule or plan.
verb (used without object), rotated, rotating.
4.
to turn around on or as if on an axis.
5.
to proceed in a fixed routine of succession:
The sentries rotated in keeping watch.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; < Latin rotātus (past participle of rotāre to cause to spin, roll, move in a circle), equivalent to rot(a) wheel + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
rotatable, adjective
rotatably, adverb
nonrotatable, adjective
nonrotating, adjective
unrotated, adjective
unrotating, adjective
Synonyms
1. wheel, whirl. See turn.
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British Dictionary definitions for rotatably

rotate

verb (rəʊˈteɪt)
1.
to turn or cause to turn around an axis, line, or point; revolve or spin
2.
to follow or cause to follow a set order or sequence
3.
(of a position, presidency, etc) to pass in turn from one eligible party to each of the other eligible parties
4.
(of staff) to replace or be replaced in turn
adjective (ˈrəʊteɪt)
5.
(botany) designating a corolla the united petals of which radiate from a central point like the spokes of a wheel
Derived Forms
rotatable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for rotatably

rotate

v.

1794, intransitive, back-formation from rotation. Transitive sense from 1823. Related: Rotated; rotating. Rotator "muscle which allows a part to be moved circularly" is recorded from 1670s.

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