rotate


rotate
rotate 1 *turn, revolve, gyrate, circle, spin, twirl, whirl, wheel, eddy, swirl, pirouette
2 Rotate, alternate can both mean to succeed or cause to succeed each other in turn. Rotate may be used in reference to two or more persons or things; it implies indefinite repetition of the order of succession. Thus, persons rotate in jobs or offices when they periodically interchange their jobs or offices according, usually, to a predetermined scheme; one rotates crops who grows different things on the same land in successive seasons in an order calculated to maintain soil fertility or to enrich exhausted soil. Alternate differs from rotate in being referable only to two persons or things; though it also implies repetition of the order, it does not convey so strong a suggestion of continuity
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alternate workers on an exhausting job

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alternate hot and cold applications in the treatment of a bruise

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the weather alternated between blinding sandstorms and brilliant sunlight— Cather

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Analogous words: interchange, *exchange, bandy: succeed, *follow, ensue

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  • rotate — ro‧tate [rəʊˈteɪt ǁ ˈroʊteɪt] verb [intransitive, transitive] if a job rotates, or if people rotate jobs, they each do the jobs for a fixed period of time, one after the other: • Within each section of the company, workers are now rotated from… …   Financial and business terms

  • Rotate — Ro tate, a. [L. rotatus, p. p. of rotare to turn round like a wheel, fr. rota wheel. See {Rotary}, and cf. {Roue}.] Having the parts spreading out like a wheel; wheel shaped; as, a rotate spicule or scale; a rotate corolla, i.e., a monopetalous… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rotate — Ro tate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Rotated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rotating}.] 1. To turn, as a wheel, round an axis; to revolve. [1913 Webster] 2. To perform any act, function, or operation in turn, to hold office in turn; as, to rotate in office. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rotate — [v1] go around in circle circle, circumduct, circumvolve, gyrate, gyre, move, pirouette, pivot, reel, revolve, roll, spin, swivel, troll, trundle, turn, twirl, twist, waltz, wheel, whirl, whirligig, whirr; concepts 147,738 rotate [v2] alternate… …   New thesaurus

  • rotate — [rō′tāt΄, rō tāt′] vi., vt. rotated, rotating [< L rotatus, pp. of rotare, to turn < rota, wheel: see ROLL] 1. to turn around or cause to turn around a center point or axis; revolve 2. to go or cause to go in a regular and recurring… …   English World dictionary

  • Rotate — Ro tate, v. i. 1. To cause to turn round or revolve, as a wheel around an axle. [1913 Webster] 2. To cause to succeed in turn; esp., to cause to succeed some one, or to be succeeded by some one, in office. [Colloq.] Both, after a brief service,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rotate — index oscillate, vary Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • rotate —   [engl.], rotieren …   Universal-Lexikon

  • rotate — (v.) 1794, back formation from ROTATION (Cf. rotation). Related: Rotated; rotating …   Etymology dictionary

  • rotate — ► VERB 1) move in a circle round an axis. 2) move or pass on in a regularly recurring order or succession. 3) grow (different crops) in succession on a particular piece of land. DERIVATIVES rotatable adjective rotatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin… …   English terms dictionary


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