to cause to lose one's way: The strange streets disoriented him.
to confuse by removing or obscuring something that has guided a person, group, or culture, as customs, moral standards, etc.: Society has been disoriented by changing values.
Psychiatry. to cause to lose perception of time, place, or one's personal identity.
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How to use disorient in a sentence
He acknowledged that some parents and students were disoriented by the transition, but also expressed admiration for the district’s efforts – like providing 80,000 laptops to students and standing up a system of virtual learning.Cody Petterson’s Quixotic Crusade for Change Animates His Run for SDUSD’s District C Board Seat | Jakob McWhinney | August 17, 2022 | Voice of San Diego
Baby sea turtles, which have evolved to evade predators by rushing to the ocean upon hatching, can be disoriented by lights near the shore.
Officers will typically also deploy devices like flash-bang grenades to disorient occupants.Breonna Taylor's Killing Sparked Restrictions on No-Knock Warrants. But Experts Say Those Rules Don't Actually Change Much | Josiah Bates | March 11, 2022 | Time
Goldberg’s remarks were clearly the sort of “excitable speech” that gender theorist Judith Butler writes about, disorienting us by bringing violent histories to bear on us today.Whoopi Goldberg Awkwardly Demonstrates How The Idea Of Race Varies By Place And Changes Over Time | LGBTQ-Editor | February 13, 2022 | No Straight News
Criminal justice activists have accused Raleigh police of fatally shooting a young dad who was “so confused and disoriented that he didn’t even respond to his wife when she spoke to him” following a highway crash in North Carolina.Cops Accused of Killing ‘Disoriented’ Dad as He Stumbled From Car Wreck | Zoe Richards | January 18, 2022 | The Daily Beast
All this artful excess seems intended to disorient and disinhibit guests descending from the busy theater district above.Interactive Play ‘Queen of the Night’ Opens at Restored Diamond Horseshoe Club | Brian Spitulnik | December 31, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST