disorientate

verb

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 He was located, bloody from a fall and disorientated. Joseph Clark, cleveland.com, 16 Apr. 2018 Police said Palomares has a medical condition and may appear disorientated and confused. Lurissa Carbajal, azcentral, 13 Apr. 2018 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Disorientate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disorientate. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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