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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of rotare, from rota 'wheel'

rotate

verb
     
ro‧tate
1 [intransitive and transitive] to turn with a circular movement around a central point, or to make something do this [= revolve; ↪ spin]:
The Earth rotates on its axis once every 24 hours.
Rotate the pan halfway through the baking time.
2 [intransitive and transitive]BEC if a job rotates, or if people rotate jobs, they each do a particular job for a particular period of time:
The chairmanship of the committee rotates annually.
Employers may rotate duties to give staff wider experience.
3 [intransitive and transitive] to change the places of things or people, or to change places, especially in a circular direction:
Rotating the tyres every few months helps them last longer.
4 [transitive] technicalTAC to regularly change the crops grown on a piece of land, in order to preserve the quality of the soil [↪ crop rotation]

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