orchestrate

[ awr-kuh-streyt ]
/ ˈɔr kəˌstreɪt /

verb (used with or without object), or·ches·trat·ed, or·ches·trat·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. orchardman,
  2. orchectomy,
  3. orchestra,
  4. orchestra pit,
  5. orchestral,
  6. orchestration,
  7. orchestrina,
  8. orchestrion,
  9. orchi-,
  10. orchialgia

Origin of orchestrate

1875–80; < French orchestr(er) (derivative of orchestre orchestra) + -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for orchestrate

orchestrate

/ (ˈɔːkɪˌstreɪt) /

verb (tr)

to score or arrange (a piece of music) for orchestra
to arrange, organize, or build up for special or maximum effect
Derived Formsorchestration, nounorchestrator, noun

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Word Origin and History for orchestrate

orchestrate

v.

"to compose or arrange (music) for an orchestra," 1855, back-formation from orchestration. The figurative sense is attested from 1883. Related: Orchestrated; orchestrating.

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