Definition of disorient
1a : to cause to lose bearings : displace from normal position or relationshipb : to cause to lose the sense of time, place, or identity
2 : confuse
Examples of disorient in a Sentence
Thick fog can disorient even an experienced hiker.
troops disoriented by the sudden change in battle plans
Recent Examples of disorient from the Web
But Assistant Public Defender Elizabeth Ramsey said there is no proof that Peak was disoriented, and Peak easily could have stood in the water around the sinking car and walked out of the pond to safety.
Powell may be disoriented and require medical attention, the release said.
Additionally, the camera angles veered erratically between perspectives, making the viewing experience disorienting to say the least.
Seemingly simple tasks such as sleeping, eating, and bathroom time can initially feel overwhelming in environments that disorient the senses.
But the handoff between Obama and Trump has been particularly disorienting, given their polar opposite views of the world and rhetorical means of expressing it.
As for the musical composition of Witness, the disorienting sound effects laced throughout the album hold to these themes.
The greenish glow of the soldiers’ night-vision goggles added to the disorienting maelstrom of sound, temperature and light.
There's early 20th-century pioneer Edward Weston's disorienting details of mushroom caps and cabbage, and Irving Penn's gloriously gross still lifes -- raw steak, egg, potato chip and butter -- or Fischli & Weiss' playfully moribund sandwich meats.
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Origin and Etymology of disorient
French désorienter, from dés- dis- + orienter to orient
First Known Use: 1655See Words from the same year
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Definition of disorient for English Language Learners
: to make (someone) lost or confused
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