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
She moves between these two cities, disoriented by the fact that, whether high or low, the city seems to offer no answer and no escape.
The day is so sunny, so clear, that the natives, accustomed to clouds, find the silver-blue blaze almost disorienting.The Stacks: The Searing Story of How Murder Stalked a Tiny New York Town | E. Jean Carroll | April 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This is an ultimatum seeking a target in the disorienting matrix of asymmetric warfare.The History and Logic of Military Ultimatums, From Suez to Crimea | Jacob Siegel | March 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Isn't it disorienting when you see someone from your "weekend life" during the week?Seth Meyers Gets Off to a Rocky Start on 'Late Night' | Kevin Fallon | February 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Regardless, the action flashes back to them far too often, disorienting the film and screwing with its pace.‘Nymphomaniac,’ Lars von Trier’s Icy Orgy of Sex and Self-Loathing, Bows At Sundance | Marlow Stern | January 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The delusions extend beyond the enigmatic, disorienting desert, with its mirages and its “great expanse of nonmeaning.”
It was a little disorienting, and it made her feel especially old and saggy sometimes, though he never seemed to notice.Makers | Cory Doctorow