disorient


dis·ori·ent

verb \(ˌ)dis-ˈr-ē-ˌent\

: to make (someone) lost or confused

Full Definition of DISORIENT

transitive verb
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

  1. Thick fog can disorient even an experienced hiker.
  2. <troops disoriented by the sudden change in battle plans>

Origin of DISORIENT

French désorienter, from dés- dis- + orienter to orient
First Known Use: 1655

dis·ori·ent

transitive verb \(ˈ)dis-ˈōr-ē-ˌent, -ˈr-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DISORIENT

: to produce a state of disorientation in : disorientate <the next day the patient was disoriented but not comatose—Journal of the American Medical Association>

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