ro·tate /ˈrōˌtāt/ Verb Move in a circle around an axis or center: "the wheel continued to rotate"; "a rotating drum". Cause to move around an axis or in a circle. ro·ta·tion(r-tshn) n. 1. a. The act or process of turning around a center or an axis: the axial rotation of the earth. b. A single complete cycle of such motion. Synonyms revolve - turn - spin - wheel - whirl - swivel - gyrate No.