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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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Examples for rotating
  • We also have a rotating distinguished teaching chair in the humanities, who mentors new faculty members.
  • Because the people you see will be rotating in and out of your day, they may not even know where you will go next, so you should.
  • Equal opposite reaction would mean he would not be able to move or start rotating.
  • Yes, this addictive game that has you rotating shapes to fit into a grid until you go mad may actually be making you smarter.
  • In one, for instance, the data showed that the pilot had trouble rotating the plane during takeoff.
  • Two animals lived on a rotating disc over a pool of water, separated by a fixed wall.
  • In mice, inserting and rotating acupuncture needles releases adenosine, which blocks pain signals.
  • To show his technique, he proposes a simple game that can be played by remote-controlled cars and a ground-level rotating disk.
  • These galaxies are differentially rotating--that is, the time to complete a full rotation increases with distance from the center.
  • Next time, though, the villagers may finally see the light--thanks to giant rotating mirrors known as heliostats.
British Dictionary definitions for rotating

rotating

/rəʊˈteɪtɪŋ/
adjective
1.
revolving around a central axis, line, or point the rotating blades of a helicopter
2.
passing in turn to each of two or more eligible parties the rotating presidency of the EU

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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