- 1 [usually passive] orient somebody/something (to/toward somebody/something) to direct someone or something toward something; to make or adapt someone or something for a particular purpose Our students are oriented toward 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 disorient
verbjump to other results
NAmE//ˈɔriˌɛnt//(also orientate)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they orient
he / she / it orients
past simple oriented
-ing form orienting