verb (used with or without object), or·ches·trat·ed, or·ches·trat·ing.
to compose or arrange (music) for performance by an orchestra.
to arrange or manipulate, especially by means of clever or thorough planning or maneuvering: to orchestrate a profitable trade agreement.
Origin of orchestrate
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to score or arrange (a piece of music) for orchestra
to arrange, organize, or build up for special or maximum effect
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"to compose or arrange (music) for an orchestra," 1855, back-formation from orchestration. The figurative sense is attested from 1883. Related: Orchestrated; orchestrating.
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