verb (used with object)
to cause to turn around an axis or center point; revolve.
to cause to go through a cycle of changes; cause to pass or follow in a fixed routine of succession: to rotate farm crops.
to replace (a person, troops, etc.) by another or others, usually according to a schedule or plan.
verb (used without object)
to turn around on or as if on an axis.
to proceed in a fixed routine of succession: The sentries rotated in keeping watch.
Origin: 1800–10; Related forms
< Latin rotātus
(past participle of rotāre
to cause to spin, roll, move in a circle), equivalent to rot
) wheel + -ātus -ate1
wheel, whirl. See turn