- to compose or arrange (music) for performance by an orchestra.
- to arrange or manipulate, especially by means of clever or thorough planning or maneuvering: to orchestrate a profitable trade agreement.
Origin of orchestrate
Examples from the Web for orchestrate
But that has not prevented the Kremlin from attempting to orchestrate its own narrative of events.Photographs Expose Russian-Trained Killers in Kiev
March 30, 2014
Know and select the right instruments of statecraft and orchestrate them to maximum effect.The Essential Spy Guide
Henry A. Crumpton
May 2, 2013
As if they were all getting together to orchestrate the musical chairs.Dump Joe Biden? Nah
August 16, 2012
And he worked to orchestrate more effective collaboration between the military and the intelligence community.Obama's Secret Wars
June 26, 2011
My work with Rimsky-Korsakov consisted of his giving me pieces of classical music to orchestrate.
We agreed that I should orchestrate two parts of the opera and write the final chorus, while he undertook the rest.
He opined that Wagner did not know how to compose nor how to orchestrate; he found the music lacking in warmth.Richard Wagner
John F. Runciman
The three remaining movements are very simple, and it will be pleasant and easy to orchestrate them.
This is perhaps the reason why it now takes me three days to orchestrate a thing that I could formerly have finished in one.
- to score or arrange (a piece of music) for orchestra
- to arrange, organize, or build up for special or maximum effect
Word Origin and History for orchestrate
"to compose or arrange (music) for an orchestra," 1855, back-formation from orchestration. The figurative sense is attested from 1883. Related: Orchestrated; orchestrating.