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orientation

orientation

noun ori·en·ta·tion \ˌr-ē-ən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌen-\

: a person's feelings, interests, and beliefs

: a main interest, quality, or goal

: the process of giving people training and information about a new job, situation, etc.

Full Definition of ORIENTATION

1
a :  the act or process of orienting or of being oriented
b :  the state of being oriented; broadly :  arrangement, alignment
2
a :  a usually general or lasting direction of thought, inclination, or interest
b :  a person's self-identification as heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual <sexual orientation>
3
:  change of position by organs, organelles, or organisms in response to external stimulus
ori·en·ta·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
ori·en·ta·tion·al·ly adverb

Examples of ORIENTATION

  1. patients identifying themselves as homosexual or bisexual in orientation
  2. He makes no secret of his orientation.
  3. The organization has a decidedly conservative orientation.
  4. Her later works were more introspective in orientation.
  5. These materials are used for the orientation of new employees.
  6. New students need to go through a short orientation before they begin classes.

First Known Use of ORIENTATION

1839

Related to ORIENTATION

Rhymes with ORIENTATION

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orientation

noun ori·en·ta·tion \ˌōr-ē-ən-ˈtā-shən, ˌr-, -ˌen-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ORIENTATION

1
a :  the act or process of orienting or of being oriented b :  the state of being oriented
2
:  a usually general or lasting direction of thought, inclination, or interest—see sexual orientation
3
:  change of position by organs, organelles, or organisms in response to external stimulus
4
:  awareness of the existing situation with reference to time, place, and identity of persons <psychological orientation>
ori·en·ta·tion·al \-shnəl, -shən-əl\ adjective
ori·en·ta·tion·al·ly \-ē\ adverb

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