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Pronunciation: /ˈrəʊteɪt; rəʊˈteɪt/

Translation of rotate in Spanish:

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1.1 (turn about axis) girar, dar* vueltas, rotar rotating blade cuchilla (feminine) giratoria or rotatoria
    Example sentences
    • Just so you get to see this trick from all angles, the centre of the stage will rotate round slowly.
    • Beta station loomed out of the darkness, the centre spire rotating in an anti-clockwise direction.
    • I assumed those barrels would rotate around when a round was spent, but they seemed too high-tech to be simple revolvers.
    1.2 (take turns) turnarse, rotarse; [crops] alternarse members rotate in the role of chairman los miembros se van turnando or (se) van rotando para ocupar la presidencia on a rotating basis por turnos
    Example sentences
    • Millions of tenant farmers in the developing world have little incentive to invest in land improvements, rotate crops or improve soil fertility.
    • We are still trying to find better ways to farm organically and to manage our soils and rotate our crops more productively.
    • It survives winter in the soil and attacks again, even if other crops are rotated between peanut plantings.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 (turn, spin) (hacer*) girar, dar* vueltas a 1.2 (alternate) [crops] alternar, rotar; [employees] cambiar de puesto periódicamente, hacer* rotar
    Example sentences
    • Today board meetings rotate among the three locations, and design staff members travel among the offices on a project-by-project basis.
    • Now most engineers work in teams of three, with project leadership rotating among team members.
    • In Orpheus, that function (which rotates regularly) is similar to that of a player-coach on a soccer team.

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