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Definition of orient verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (also orientate)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they orient
    he / she / it orients
    past simple oriented
    -ing form orienting
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  1. 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).
  2. 2orient yourself to find your position in relation to your surroundings The mountaineers found it hard to orient themselves in the fog.
  3. 3orient yourself to make yourself familiar with a new situation It took him some time to orient himself in his new school. compare disorient
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: orient

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