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verb or·ches·trate \ˈr-kə-ˌstrāt\

: to write or change (a piece of music) so that it can be played by an orchestra

: to organize or plan (something that is complicated)


Full Definition of ORCHESTRATE

transitive verb
a :  to compose or arrange (music) for an orchestra
b :  to provide with orchestration <orchestrate a ballet>
:  to arrange or combine so as to achieve a desired or maximum effect <orchestrated preparations for the banquet>
or·ches·tra·tor also or·ches·trat·er \-ˌstrā-tər\ noun


  1. He recently orchestrated a musical.
  2. She orchestrated the entire event.
  3. It's still unclear who was responsible for orchestrating the attack.
  4. A strike was orchestrated by union members.

First Known Use of ORCHESTRATE


Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue


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