disorient

verb
dis·​ori·​ent | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈȯr-ē-ˌent \
disoriented; disorienting; disorients

Definition of disorient 

transitive verb

1a : 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

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Examples of disorient in a Sentence

Thick fog can disorient even an experienced hiker. troops disoriented by the sudden change in battle plans

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Practitioners of other religions may be respected as good people, but sustained curiosity about their beliefs and rituals can be disorienting to many believers. Gordon Mehler, WSJ, "Common Ground for a Wiccan and a Rabbi?," 1 Nov. 2018 Trying to escape while the aircraft is spinning in the water is a sure way to disorient yourself and minimize your chance of survival. Eric Adams, WIRED, "Inside the Safety Issues Surrounding the NY Helicopter Crash," 8 Apr. 2018 Talking to these men is disorienting, an exercise in double vision — the images don’t align. Peter Rowe, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Echo Yard, where normal prison rules no longer apply," 8 Apr. 2018 Déraciné’s story is purposefully disjointed and occasionally disorienting, regularly jumping back and forth in time. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Déraciné is a short, somber VR story from the creators of Dark Souls," 6 Nov. 2018 So begins the boy’s disorienting confinement in a story that is as spine-tingling as it is well written. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Freakiness and Fortitude," 19 July 2018 Groggy and disoriented, Mave staggered to her feet and bound up the stump of her left arm with some cloth. Nick Turse, Teen Vogue, "The Democratic Republic of Congo Has Humanitarian Crises Leaving Millions of Children In Danger," 14 Nov. 2018 Hoz described the sewage pipe system as a disorienting labyrinth. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Boy, 13, found alive after falling into Los Angeles drainage ditch 'maze'," 2 Oct. 2018 At first, all these Scorpio vibes may feel a bit disorienting, but don’t fret. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What October's Gemini Horoscope Means for You," 30 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of disorient

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for disorient

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

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disorient

verb

English Language Learners Definition of disorient

: to make (someone) lost or confused

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 comatoseJournal of the American Medical Association

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