[ awr-ee-uhn-teyt, -en-, ohr- ]
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verb (used with or without object),o·ri·en·tat·ed, o·ri·en·tat·ing.Chiefly British.

Origin of orientate

1840–50; <French orient(er) “to orient ” + -ate1

Other words from orientate

  • re·o·ri·en·tate, verb (used with object), re·o·ri·en·tat·ed, re·o·ri·en·tat·ing.

Words Nearby orientate

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How to use orientate in a sentence

  • But it is necessary to orientate oneself very carefully in the East.

    In Mesopotamia | Martin Swayne
  • I must take a new orientation, or else those wicked policemen would orientate me to a cell, a police court, and more cells.

    The Road | Jack London
  • Inquiry at the information-desk helped her to orientate herself.

    Find the Woman | Arthur Somers Roche
  • It took him but a moment to orientate himself, and presently rohorse and riders were headed in the direction of the highway.

    A Knyght Ther Was | Robert F. Young
  • Exhausted by his efforts, he gained the edge of the pool at last, and stopped, trying to orientate himself.

British Dictionary definitions for orientate


/ (ˈɔːrɪɛnˌteɪt) /

  1. a variant of orient

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