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Definition of orientation noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the type of aims or interests that a person or an organization has; the act of directing your aims toward a particular thing The course is essentially theoretical in orientation. orientation to/toward something Companies have been forced into a greater orientation to the market.
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] a person's basic beliefs or feelings about a particular subject religious/political orientation a person's sexual orientation (= whether they are attracted to men, women, or both)
  3. 3[uncountable] training or information that you are given before starting a new job, course, etc. an orientation course
  4. 4[countable] (technology) the direction in which an object faces The orientation of the planet's orbit is changing continuously.
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