orientate

[ awr-ee-uh n-teyt, -en-, ohr- ]
/ ˈɔr i ənˌteɪt, -ɛn-, ˈoʊr- /
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verb (used with or without object), o·ri·en·tat·ed, o·ri·en·tat·ing. Chiefly British.


Nearby words

  1. oriental topaz,
  2. orientalia,
  3. orientalism,
  4. orientalist,
  5. orientalize,
  6. orientated,
  7. orientation,
  8. oriente,
  9. oriented,
  10. orienteer

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 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

orientate

/ (ˈɔːrɪɛnˌteɪt) /

verb

a variant of orient
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Word Origin and History for orientating

orientate

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for orientating

orientate

[ ôrē-ən-tāt′ ]

v.

To orient.

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