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orientation

[ awr-ee-uhn-tey-shuhn, -en-, ohr- ]
/ ˌɔr i ənˈteɪ ʃən, -ɛn-, ˌoʊr- /
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noun
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Origin of orientation

First recorded in 1830–40; orientate + -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM orientation

o·ri·en·ta·tive, adjectivenon·o·ri·en·ta·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for orientation

orientation
/ (ˌɔːrɪɛnˈteɪʃən) /

noun

Derived forms of orientation

orientational, adjective
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Medical definitions for orientation

orientation
[ ôr′ē-ən-tāshən ]

n.
The act of orienting or the state of being oriented.
Location or position relative to the points of the compass.
The relative position of one atom with respect to another to which it is connected.
Sexual orientation.
Introductory instruction concerning a new situation.
Awareness of the objective world in relation to one's self.
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