Simple Definition of disorient
: to make (someone) lost or confused
Full Definition of disorient
1 a : to cause to lose bearings : displace from normal position or relationship b : to cause to lose the sense of time, place, or identity
2 : confuse
Examples of disorient in a sentence
Thick fog can disorient even an experienced hiker.
<troops disoriented by the sudden change in battle plans>
Did You Know?
The Orient is the East (just as the Occident is the West). The verb orient comes from the traditional practice of building Christian churches so that the altar is at the building's easterly end--in other words, "orienting" the church. One reason for this practice is that the Book of Matthew says, "As the lightning comes from the East . . . so also will the Son of Man"--that is, just like the sun in the morning, Jesus in his Second Coming will appear in the East. Orienteering is participating in a cross-country race in which each person uses a map and compass to navigate the course. Orient comes from the word meaning "to rise" (like the sun), and still today it's easy for a hiker to become disoriented when an overcast sky hides the sun.
Origin and Etymology of disorient
French désorienter, from dés- dis- + orienter to orient
First Known Use: 1655
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