Origin of orient

1350–1400; Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin orient- (stem of oriēns) “the east, sunrise,” noun use of present participle of orīrī “to rise”; see -ent
Related formso·ri·ent·er, nounself-o·ri·ent·ed, adjectivewell-o·ri·ent·ed, adjective

Synonyms for orient

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  • Before the second stage was fired, however, the ship had to be oriented properly.

    Pushbutton War

    Joseph P. Martino

  • He had not oriented himself as yet to this new plane of existence.

    Hellhounds of the Cosmos

    Clifford Donald Simak

  • If they are oriented in opposite directions, it is parahydrogen.

    Unwise Child

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • He oriented the prayer carpet toward the southeast and stood at the end of it.

  • It oriented the individual not only philosophically but socially as well.

    Government in Republican China

    Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger


British Dictionary definitions for oriented

Orient

noun the Orient

the countries east of the Mediterranean
the eastern hemisphere

orient

noun (ˈɔːrɪənt)

poetic another word for east Compare occident
archaic the eastern sky or the dawn
  1. the iridescent lustre of a pearl
  2. (as modifier)orient pearls
a pearl of high quality

adjective (ˈɔːrɪənt)

mainly poetic eastern
archaic (of the sun, stars, etc) rising

verb (ˈɔːrɪˌɛnt)

to adjust or align (oneself or something else) according to surroundings or circumstances
(tr) to position, align, or set (a map, surveying instrument, etc) with reference to the points of the compass or other specific directions
(tr) to set or build (a church) in an easterly direction

Word Origin for orient

C18: via French from Latin oriēns rising (sun), from orīrī to rise
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Word Origin and History for oriented
adj.

"having an orientation," 1918, past participle adjective from orient (v.)

Orient

n.

c.1300, "the East" (originally usually meaning what is now called the Middle East), from Old French orient "east" (11c.), from Latin orientem (nominative oriens) "the rising sun, the east, part of the sky where the sun rises," originally "rising" (adj.), present participle of oriri "to rise" (see orchestra). The Orient Express was a train that ran from Paris to Istanbul via Vienna 1883-1961, from the start associated with espionage and intrigue.

orient

v.

c.1727, originally "to arrange facing east," from French s'orienter "to take one's bearings," literally "to face the east" (also the source of German orientierung), from Old French orient "east," from Latin orientum (see Orient (n.)). Extended meaning "determine bearings" first attested 1842; figurative sense is from 1850. Related: Oriented; orienting.

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oriented in Medicine

orient

[ôrē-ənt, -ĕnt′]

v.

To locate or place in a particular relation to the points of the compass.
To align or position with respect to a point or system of reference.
To make familiar with or adjusted to facts, principles, or a situation.
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