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English verb: rotate

1. rotate (motion) turn on or around an axis or a center


SamplesThe Earth revolves around the Sun.
The lamb roast rotates on a spit over the fire.


Synonymsgo around, revolve


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)turn


Narrower (hyponym)drive in, gyrate, reel, screw, screw, spin, spin around, swirl, twiddle, twirl, wheel, wheel around, whirl, whirl


Verb groupcircumvolve, rotate

2. rotate (social) exchange on a regular basis


SamplesWe rotate the lead soprano every night.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)alternate


Verb grouprotate, rotate

3. rotate (competition) perform a job or duty on a rotating basis


SamplesInterns have to rotate for a few months.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)serve


Verb grouprotate

4. rotate (motion) cause to turn on an axis or center


SamplesRotate the handle.


Synonymscircumvolve


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)turn


Narrower (hyponym)birl, birl, birle, crank, crank up, spin, twirl, whirl


Causego around, revolve, rotate


Verb groupgo around, revolve, rotate

5. rotate (motion) turn outward


SamplesThese birds can splay out their toes.
Ballet dancers can rotate their legs out by 90 degrees.


Synonymssplay, spread out, turn out


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)turn

6. rotate (change) plant or grow in a fixed cyclic order of succession


SamplesWe rotate the crops so as to maximize the use of the soil.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)grow


Verb grouprotate









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