English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'rotate'

(verb) 
Definition
to turn around a centre or pivot
The earth rotates round the sun.
Synonyms
revolve
The entire circle revolved slowly.
,
turn
As the wheel turned, the potter shaped the clay.
,
wheel
I wheeled around to face her.
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spin
The Earth spins on its own axis.
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reel
The room reeled and I jammed my head down.
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go round
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swivel
He swivelled round to face Sarah.
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pivot
The boat pivoted on its central axis.
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gyrate
The aeroplane was gyrating about in the sky in a most alarming fashion.
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pirouette
She pirouetted in front of the mirror.
(verb) 
Definition
to follow or cause to follow a set sequence
The members of the club can rotate.
Synonyms
follow in sequence
,
switch
The ballot boxes have been switched.
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alternate
Now you just alternate layers of that mixture and eggplant.
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interchange
She likes to interchange furniture at home with stock from the shop.
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take turns

Additional synonyms

in the sense of alternate
Definition
to interchange regularly or in succession
Now you just alternate layers of that mixture and eggplant.
in the sense of gyrate
Definition
to turn round and round in a circle
The aeroplane was gyrating about in the sky in a most alarming fashion.
in the sense of interchange
Definition
to change places or cause to change places
She likes to interchange furniture at home with stock from the shop.

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