[awr-ee-uh n-teyt, -en-, ohr-]

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
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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Examples from the Web for orientated

Historical Examples of orientated

  • If they have a society, it is orientated towards the rest of the planetary life—instead of towards other human beings.

    Planet of the Damned

    Harry Harrison

  • It may even be the sign of an inborn vocation and indicate in what direction the creative activity will be orientated.

  • These variations are due to multiple causes, which have orientated the imagination now in one direction, now in another.

  • We laid the compass on the mound, and found it was orientated accurately magnetic east and west, not allowing for the variation.

  • Here by the creek's side they buried her, and (doubtless by the ship's own compass) they orientated the forest grave.

    Virginia: The Old Dominion

    Frank W. Hutchins and Cortelle Hutchins

British Dictionary definitions for orientated



a variant of orient
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Word Origin and History for orientated



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

orientated in Medicine




To orient.
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