dis·​ori·​en·​tate (ˌ)dis-ˈȯr-ē-ən-ˌtāt How to pronounce disorientate (audio) -ē-ˌen- How to pronounce disorientate (audio)
disorientated; disorientating; disorientates
disorientation noun

Examples of disorientate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Family members who checked on the couple called 911 after finding the man unresponsive in the living room and his girlfriend shivering and disorientated in the bedroom, the fire marshal said. Dillon Mullan, Baltimore Sun, 26 Feb. 2024 Eleven rescuers were dispatched to the team who appeared to be disorientated in the Stoneycroft, Newlands and Seathwaite area of the national park in northwestern England. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, 12 Apr. 2023 Its hallways were disorientating, narrow, windowless and lined with identical-looking doors. New York Times, 3 Apr. 2020 So when the film's recreation of that same image was projected over the dance floor in Berlin, with party music blasting and a bar serving free-flowing cocktails nearby, many attendees were disorientated, if not disturbed. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Feb. 2020 Dee Rees has stumbled badly with her adaptation of Joan Didion’s novel of the same name, creating a messy, disorientating and meandering film. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, 20 Feb. 2020 Often triggered by intense motion such as rollercoasters or rides, motion sickness can also happen while merely being a passenger in a car, leaving the individual disorientated. chicagotribune.com, 22 Oct. 2019 Thankfully, higher brain areas assemble these fragments into a coherent whole-otherwise all our friends might look like Picasso's disorientating paintings of his muse Dora Maar. Daniel Glaser, A-LIST, 1 July 2018 The movie is disorientating you in all of Grace's layers of life. Mark Olsen, latimes.com, 23 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1704, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of disorientate was circa 1704

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“Disorientate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disorientate. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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