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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

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

  • 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


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



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

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orientated in Medicine


  1. To orient.
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