- 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
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- 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 orchestrator
"to compose or arrange (music) for an orchestra," 1855, back-formation from orchestration. The figurative sense is attested from 1883. Related: Orchestrated; orchestrating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper