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orientation

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

Simple Definition of orientation

  • : 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.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of orientation

  1. 1 a :  the act or process of orienting or of being oriented b :  the state of being oriented; broadly :  arrangement, alignment

  2. 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. 3 :  change of position by organs, organelles, or organisms in response to external stimulus

orientational

play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

orientationally

adverb

Examples of orientation in a sentence

  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.



1839

First Known Use of orientation

1839

Rhymes with orientation

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Medical Dictionary

orientation

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

Medical Definition of orientation

  1. 1a:  the act or process of orienting or of being orientedb:  the state of being oriented

  2. 2:  a usually general or lasting direction of thought, inclination, or interest—see sexual orientation

  3. 3:  change of position by organs, organelles, or organisms in response to external stimulus

  4. 4:  awareness of the existing situation with reference to time, place, and identity of persons <psychological orientation>

orientational

\-shnəl, -shən-əl\play adjective

orientationally

\-ē\play adverb





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