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[ree-awr-ee-ent, -ohr-] /riˈɔr iˌɛnt, -ˈoʊr-/
verb (used with or without object)
to orient again or anew.
Rare. rising anew.
Origin of reorient
First recorded in 1930-35; re- + orient Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It is slightly harder to reorient a defiant mind than a willing one.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • A couple of the blips were over the ocean way south of England and they were trying to contact them by radio to reorient them.

  • That would save him much alarm and perplexity when it comes time to reorient himself.

    Vital Ingredient Charles V. De Vet
British Dictionary definitions for reorient


verb (transitive)
to adjust or align (something) in a new or different way
Derived Forms
reorientation, noun
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Word Origin and History for reorient

also re-orient, 1897 (transitive), 1937 (intransitive), from re- "back, again" + orient (v.). Related: Reoriented; reorienting. Alternative reorientate also is recorded from 1913.

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