orchestrate

verb or·ches·trate \ ˈȯr-kə-ˌstrāt \

Definition of orchestrate

orchestrated; orchestrating
transitive verb
1 a :to compose or arrange (music) for an orchestra
  • The composer orchestrated the music for the symphony orchestra.
b :to provide with orchestration
  • orchestrate a ballet
2 :to arrange or combine so as to achieve a desired or maximum effect
  • orchestrated preparations for the banquet
  • a carefully orchestrated stunt

orchestrator

or less commonly orchestrater play \ˈȯr-kə-ˌstrā-tər\ noun

Examples of orchestrate in a Sentence

  1. He recently orchestrated a musical.

  2. She orchestrated the entire event.

  3. It's still unclear who was responsible for orchestrating the attack.

  4. A strike was orchestrated by union members.

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First Known Use of orchestrate

1858


ORCHESTRATE Defined for English Language Learners

orchestrate

verb

Definition of orchestrate for English Language Learners

  • : to write or change (a piece of music) so that it can be played by an orchestra

  • : to organize or plan (something that is complicated)



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