Definition of “rotate” - English Dictionary

“rotate” in British English

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rotateverb

uk /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.

[ 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.

[ T ] When farmers rotate crops, they regularly change which crops they grow in a particular field.

(Definition of “rotate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“rotate” in American English

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rotateverb [ I/T ]

us /ˈroʊ·teɪt/

rotate verb [ I/T ] (TURN)

to turn around a fixed point, or to cause something to do this:

[ I ] The wheel rotates on an axle.

rotate verb [ I/T ] (TAKE TURNS)

to happen in turns, or to cause something to happen in a particular order:

[ T ] Every 30 days we rotate shifts.

(Definition of “rotate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“rotate” in Business English

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rotateverb [ I or T ]

uk /rəʊˈteɪt/ us /ˈrəʊteɪt/

to turn something in a circle, especially around a fixed point:

With the software you can zoom and rotate pictures.

WORKPLACE, HR to regularly change the person who does a particular job, so that it is done at different times by different people:

rotate between sb The chairmanship would rotate between the members of the board.
Are you able to rotate shifts?

(Definition of “rotate” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)