[ree-awr-ee-ent, -ohr-]

verb (used with or without object)

to orient again or anew.


Rare. rising anew.

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

Contemporary Examples of reorient

Historical Examples of reorient

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

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

  • 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.

  • That would save him much alarm and perplexity when it comes time to reorient himself.

    Vital Ingredient

    Charles V. De Vet

British Dictionary definitions for reorient


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