disorient

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verb dis·ori·ent \(ˌ)dis-ˈȯr-ē-ˌent\

Definition of disorient

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to cause to lose bearings :  displace from normal position or relationshipb :  to cause to lose the sense of time, place, or identity

  3. 2 :  confuse

Examples of disorient in a sentence

  1. Thick fog can disorient even an experienced hiker.

  2. troops disoriented by the sudden change in battle plans

Origin and Etymology of disorient

French désorienter, from dés- dis- + orienter to orient


First Known Use: 1655


DISORIENT Defined for English Language Learners

disorient

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verb dis·ori·ent \(ˌ)dis-ˈȯr-ē-ˌent\

Definition of disorient for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) lost or confused


Medical Dictionary

disorient

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transitive verb dis·ori·ent \(ˈ)dis-ˈōr-ē-ˌent, -ˈȯr-\

Medical Definition of disorient

  1. :  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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