disorient

verb dis·ori·ent \ (ˌ)dis-ˈȯr-ē-ˌent \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of disorient

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

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Origin and Etymology of disorient

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


DISORIENT Defined for English Language Learners

disorient

verb

Definition of disorient for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) lost or confused


Medical Dictionary

disorient

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

medical Definition of disorient

: 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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