What are some alternative words for rotate?

Synonyms for rotate
ˈroʊ teɪt; esp. Brit. roʊˈteɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. revolve, go around, rotate(verb)

    turn on or around an axis or a center

    "The Earth revolves around the Sun"; "The lamb roast rotates on a spit over the fire"

    splay, go around, short-circuit, orb, turn out, circumvolve, roll, bypass, outflank, circulate, spread, revolve, orbit, spread out, get around

  2. rotate(verb)

    exchange on a regular basis

    "We rotate the lead soprano every night"

    go around, revolve, spread out, turn out, splay, circumvolve

  3. rotate(verb)

    perform a job or duty on a rotating basis

    "Interns have to rotate for a few months"

    go around, revolve, spread out, turn out, splay, circumvolve

  4. rotate, circumvolve(verb)

    cause to turn on an axis or center

    "Rotate the handle"

    go around, revolve, spread out, turn out, splay, circumvolve

  5. turn out, splay, spread out, rotate(verb)

    turn outward

    "These birds can splay out their toes"; "ballet dancers can rotate their legs out by 90 degrees"

    circumvolve, rise, spread, turn off, cut, boot out, uprise, turf out, spread out, luxate, splay, string out, arise, dislocate, disperse, fan out, open, chuck out, exclude, go around, switch off, revolve, get up, prove, diffuse, unfold, turn out, scatter, expand, turn up, eject, come out, slip, dissipate, bear

  6. rotate(verb)

    plant or grow in a fixed cyclic order of succession

    "We rotate the crops so as to maximize the use of the soil"

    go around, revolve, spread out, turn out, splay, circumvolve


  1. rotate(verb)

    revolve, circumvolve

  2. rotate(verb)

    to spin, turn, or revolve.

    He rotated in his chair to face me.

    circumvolve, revolve

  3. rotate(verb)

    to advance through a sequence; to take turns.

    The nurses' shifts rotate each week.

    revolve, circumvolve

  4. rotate(verb)

    to lift the nose, just prior to takeoff.

    The aircraft rotates at sixty knots.

    revolve, circumvolve

  5. rotate(verb)

    to spin, turn, or revolve something.

    Rotate the dial to the left.

    circumvolve, revolve

  6. rotate(verb)

    to advance something through a sequence.

    revolve, circumvolve

  7. rotate(verb)

    to replace older materials or to place older materials in front of newer ones so that older ones get used first.

    The supermarket rotates the stock daily so that old foods don't sit around.

    circumvolve, revolve

  8. rotate(verb)

    to grow or plant in a certain order.

    revolve, circumvolve

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. rotate

    Any round body rolls which continuously touches with successive portions of its surface successive portions of another surface; a wagon-wheel rolls along the ground. To rotate is said of a body that has a circular motion about its own center or axis; to revolve is said of a body that moves in a curving path, as a circle or an ellipse, about a center outside of itself, so as to return periodically to the same relative position that it held at some previous time. A revolving body may also either rotate or roll at the same time; the earth revolves around the sun, and rotates on its own axis; in popular usage, the earth is often said to revolve about its own axis, or to have a daily "revolution," but rotate and "rotation" are the more accurate terms. A cylinder over which an endless belt is drawn is said to roll as regards the belt, tho it rotates as regards its own axis. Any object that is in contact with or connected with a rolling body is often said to roll; as, the car rolls smoothly along the track. Objects whose motion approximates or suggests a rotary motion along a supporting surface are also said to roll; as, ocean waves roll in upon the shore, or the ship rolls in the trough of the sea. Turn is a conversational and popular word often used vaguely for rotate or revolve, or for any motion about a fixed point, especially for a motion less than a complete "rotation" or "revolution;" a man turns his head or turns on his heel; the gate turns on its hinges.

    revolve, roll, turn

    bind, chafe, grind, slide, slip, stand, stick

Editors Contribution

  1. around

    going around for a long time

    go a round and around

    Submitted by anonymous on April 2, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. rotate(v. n.)

    revolve, wheel, whirl, turn, gyrate, circulate, go round, turn round

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. rotate(v)

    revolve, turn, gyrate, whirl

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    turn, rotation, spin, revolve, rotating, turning, pivot, swivel, twist, spinning, rotated, rotational

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How to use rotate in a sentence?

  1. Michael Hess:

    What's happening in commercial crew is a big deal, crew Dragon, Crew Dragon, was designed and built by SpaceX, not by NASA and traditional contractor partnerships. Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will definitely be earning Bob Behnken spacecraft test pilot wings with this mission. Also, the Space Station Program is really looking forward to another way to rotate crews to [ the ] station to perform science and experiments to benefit all.

  2. John Bellows:

    The Treasuries market is still quite expensive with yields quite low. We think there is better opportunity to rotate into corporate and emerging market bonds.

  3. Cayle Royce:

    It's very tight and sweaty -- conditions are really hot, every time you rotate, everything gets soaked. Condensation rains down on you the whole time. Salt water's hugely corrosive, so you get lots of sores and boils. It's a pretty miserable environment.

  4. Hermes Gadelha:

    If you want to see the real beating of the tail, you need to move with the sperm and rotate with the sperm. So it's almost like you needed to make a( camera) really tiny and stick it to the head of the sperm.

  5. Gary Ross:

    We urge China to reaffirm that it has no plans to deploy or rotate military aircraft at its outposts in the Spratlys, in keeping with China's prior assurances.

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