Definition of orient verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    orient

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    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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).
  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.
  4. compare disorientate
    Word Origin late Middle English: via Old French from Latin orient- ‘rising or east’, from oriri ‘to rise’.Extra examples Neither of them is politically oriented. The payment system has been oriented primarily to improving overall organization. We need policies oriented to the needs of working mothers.
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