Definition of disorient
1a : to cause to lose bearings : displace from normal position or relationshipb : to cause to lose the sense of time, place, or identity
2 : confuse
Examples of disorient in a Sentence
Thick fog can disorient even an experienced hiker.
troops disoriented by the sudden change in battle plans
Recent Examples of disorient from the Web
There's early 20th-century pioneer Edward Weston's disorienting details of mushroom caps and cabbage, and Irving Penn's gloriously gross still lifes -- raw steak, egg, potato chip and butter -- or Fischli & Weiss' playfully moribund sandwich meats.
In a disorienting transition, Laxe brings us to a seemingly more modern place, where there's a recruiting call for workers.
During that disorienting period, Bakke began getting counseling through a San Diego County program.
Mace pepper sprays are designed to temporarily disorient a would-be attacker and give the victim a chance to escape.
A loggerhead turtle became disoriented early Wednesday morning and crossed a busy four-lane Key West road four times after laying her eggs on a path across the street from Smathers Beach, police said.
At high speeds, small shadows create disorienting flickers for drivers.
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Origin and Etymology of disorient
French désorienter, from dés- dis- + orienter to orient
First Known Use: 1655
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Definition of disorient for English Language Learners
: to make (someone) lost or confused
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