[ ree-awr-ee-ent, -ohr- ]
/ riˈɔr iˌɛnt, -ˈoʊr- /

verb (used with or without object)

to orient again or anew.


Rare. rising anew.

Nearby words

  1. reopener,
  2. reorder,
  3. reordination,
  4. reorganization,
  5. reorganize,
  6. reorientation,
  7. reoviridae,
  8. reovirus,
  9. rep,
  10. rep.

Origin of reorient

First recorded in 1930–35; re- + orient Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reorient

  • VIRGO Expect to be flooded by memories, intended to reorient you to earliest hopes and wishes.

  • It is slightly harder to reorient a defiant mind than a willing one.

    Highways in Hiding|George Oliver Smith
  • That would save him much alarm and perplexity when it comes time to reorient himself.

    Vital Ingredient|Charles V. De Vet
  • A couple of the blips were over the ocean way south of England and they were trying to contact them by radio to reorient them.

British Dictionary definitions for reorient


/ (riːˈɔːrɪənt) /

verb (tr)

to adjust or align (something) in a new or different way
Derived Formsreorientation, noun

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Word Origin and History for reorient



also re-orient, 1897 (transitive), 1937 (intransitive), from re- "back, again" + orient (v.). Related: Reoriented; reorienting. Alternative reorientate also is recorded from 1913.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper