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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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 Footage shot shortly after the landing appears to show Hughes disorientated, but conscious. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Self-taught rocket-maker shots himself 1,875 feet to prove Earth is flat," 26 Mar. 2018 Financially motivated defendants can take advantage of an occasion that is often intimidating and disorientating for a plaintiff, and a top attorney will help to prevent you being taken advantage of. Newsweek Legal Insight, Newsweek, "Premier Law Firms 2018," 14 Mar. 2018 Also read: The driver was disorientated and taken to a hospital for treatment. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Motorcyclist found dead in Macomb County after crash with teen driver," 1 Aug. 2017 Originally designed to keep astronauts on a rigid schedule (since the lack of sunrises and sunsets can be disorientating), playing music to wake astronauts from their space slumber quickly became tradition. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "How the NASA Wake-Up Call Went From an Inside Joke to a Beloved Tradition," 27 Apr. 2017

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circa 1704, in the meaning defined above

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