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[awr-ee-uh n-teyt, -en-, ohr-] /ˈɔr i ənˌteɪt, -ɛn-, ˈoʊr-/
verb (used with or without object), orientated, orientating. Chiefly British.
orient (defs 4–12).
Origin of orientate
1840-50; < French orient(er) “to orient” + -ate1
Related forms
reorientate, verb (used with object), reorientated, reorientating. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for orientate
Historical Examples
  • Inquiry at the information-desk helped her to orientate herself.

    Find the Woman

    Arthur Somers Roche
  • He was just beginning to orientate himself and to feel that he was not wholly an intruder.

    Martin Eden Jack London
  • It took him but a moment to orientate himself, and presently rohorse and riders were headed in the direction of the highway.

    A Knyght Ther Was Robert F. Young
  • Exhausted by his efforts, he gained the edge of the pool at last, and stopped, trying to orientate himself.

  • But it is necessary to orientate oneself very carefully in the East.

    In Mesopotamia Martin Swayne
  • Such facts are convincing proof that we do not orientate ourselves entirely by means of the labyrinth, important as it is for us.

British Dictionary definitions for orientate


a variant of orient
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Word Origin and History for orientate

1849, back-formation from orientation. Related: Orientated; orientating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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orientate in Medicine

orientate or·i·en·tate (ôr'ē-ěn-tāt', -ən-)
v. or·i·en·tat·ed, or·i·en·tat·ing, or·i·en·tates
To orient.

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