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English definition of “rotate”

rotate

verb     /rəʊˈteɪt/ US  /ˈroʊ.teɪt/
[I or T] to turn or cause something to turn in a circle , especially around a fixed point : Rotate the handle by 180 ° to open the door . The wheel rotates around an axle . The satellite slowly rotates as it circles the Earth .Revolving, rotating and spinning [I or T] If a job rotates or if a group of people rotate their jobs , the jobs are done at different times by different people .Revolving, rotating and spinning [T] When farmers rotate crops , they regularly change which crops they grow in a particular field .Improving fertility and pest control
(Definition of rotate verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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