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[awr-ee-uh n-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.
  1. orient(defs 4–12).
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Origin of orientate

1840–50; < French orient(er) “to orient” + -ate1
Related formsre·o·ri·en·tate, verb (used with object), re·o·ri·en·tat·ed, re·o·ri·en·tat·ing.
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Related Words for orientate

conform, align, adjust, adapt, compare, associate, pertain, ascribe, link, connect, affect, apply, concern, assign, refer, locate, direct, acclimatize, turn, determine

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Historical Examples of orientate

  • Inquiry at the information-desk helped her to orientate herself.

    Find the Woman

    Arthur Somers Roche

  • He was just beginning to orientate himself and to feel that he was not wholly an intruder.

    Martin Eden

    Jack London

  • 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.

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

    In Mesopotamia

    Martin Swayne

British Dictionary definitions for orientate


  1. a variant of orient
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Word Origin and History for orientate


1849, back-formation from orientation. Related: Orientated; orientating.

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orientate in Medicine


  1. To orient.
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