- 1[usually passive] orient somebody/something (to/towards somebody/something) to direct somebody/something towards something; to make or adapt somebody/something for a particular purpose Our students are oriented towards science subjects. policies oriented to the needs of working mothers We run a commercially oriented operation. profit-orientated organizations Neither of them is politically oriented (= interested in politics).
- 2orient yourself to find your position in relation to your surroundings The mountaineers found it hard to orient themselves in the fog.
- 3orient yourself to make yourself familiar with a new situation It took him some time to orient himself in his new school. compare disorientate Word Origin late Middle English: via Old French from Latin orient-
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BrE BrE//ˈɔːrient//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːrient//(also orientate)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they orient
BrE BrE//ˈɔːrient//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːrient//he / she / it orients
BrE BrE//ˈɔːrients//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːrients//past simple oriented
BrE BrE//ˈɔːrientɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːrientɪd//past participle oriented
BrE BrE//ˈɔːrientɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːrientɪd//-ing form orienting
BrE BrE//ˈɔːrientɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːrientɪŋ//