March 31, 2018
Learner's Word of the Day
rotate /ˈroʊˌteɪt/ verb

rotates; rotated; rotating

The Earth rotates around the sun.
The Earth rotates around the sun.
Learner's definition of ROTATE

1 : to move or turn in a circle

[no object]

  • As the gear rotates, it turns the other gears.

  • The Earth rotates on its axis.

  • The planets rotate around the sun.

  • a rotating propeller

[+ object]

  • The software allows you to rotate images.

  • Rotate the sheet of paper 90 degrees.

2 : to regularly change the person who does a particular job so that all the members of a group do it at different times

[+ object]

  • The staff rotates the weekend shift.

[no object]

  • We rotate—she does the dishes one week; I do them the next.

  • The work is done by volunteers on a rotating basis. [=the volunteers take turns doing the work]

3 : to regularly change the place or position of things or people so that each takes the place of another

[+ object]

  • You should rotate your car's tires once a year.

  • (US) The soldier was rotated home after six months. [=the soldier was sent home after six months and another soldier took his place]

[no object]

  • The seasons rotate.

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