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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 orientating

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 orientating

  • So, orientating once more like a fragile tendril, he reached again for the banister rail, and got it.

    Aaron's Rod

    D. H. Lawrence

British Dictionary definitions for orientating


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



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

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orientating in Medicine


  1. To orient.
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