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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.


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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