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

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disorientation \ (ˌ)dis-​ˌȯr-​ē-​ən-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce disorientation (audio) , -​ē-​ˌen-​ \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Its hallways were disorientating, narrow, windowless and lined with identical-looking doors. New York Times, "Relationships Move Fast on a Slow Cargo Ship," 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, "Bizarre Johnny Depp Premiere Features Disease Victim Photos During Dance Party," 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, "‘Last Thing He Wanted’ is alarmingly unthrilling," 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, "Can marijuana ease motion sickness?," 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, "Out of Your Mind," 1 July 2018 The movie is disorientating you in all of Grace's layers of life. Mark Olsen, latimes.com, "From oysters to hula hoops, the fantastic worlds of 'Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami'," 23 Apr. 2018 He was located, bloody from a fall and disorientated. Joseph Clark, cleveland.com, "Suspect transferred to Lorain County Sheriff's Office: Olmsted Township Police Blotter," 16 Apr. 2018 Police said Palomares has a medical condition and may appear disorientated and confused. Lurissa Carbajal, azcentral, "Silver Alert issued for missing Phoenix senior with medical condition," 13 Apr. 2018

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circa 1704, in the meaning defined above

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“Disorientate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disorientate. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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