Definition of orientation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌɔːriənˈteɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɔːriənˈteɪʃn//
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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 towards a particular thing The course is essentially theoretical in orientation. orientation to/towards 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] (specialist) the direction in which an object faces The orientation of the planet's orbit is changing continuously.
  5. Word Originmid 19th cent.: apparently from orient.Extra examples He belonged to a group with a specific religious and political orientation. People over 55 tended to have a strong leisure orientation. The classes are essentially theoretical in orientation. Their whole orientation is towards greater involvement of the community. We need to change our philosophical orientation. legislation forbidding discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: orientation