or·​ches·​trate | \ ˈȯr-kə-ˌstrāt How to pronounce orchestrate (audio) \
orchestrated; orchestrating

Definition of orchestrate

transitive verb

1a : 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

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Other Words from orchestrate

orchestrator or less commonly orchestrater \ ˈȯr-​kə-​ˌstrā-​tər How to pronounce orchestrate (audio) \ noun

Examples of orchestrate in a Sentence

He recently orchestrated a musical. She orchestrated the entire event. It's still unclear who was responsible for orchestrating the attack. A strike was orchestrated by union members.
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Recent Examples on the Web Today, even organizations with the most modern IT frameworks are looking for a way to establish a more comprehensive framework that can orchestrate identity and authentication management across hybrid-cloud environments. Hed Kovetz, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 But the country’s shoppers have a long history with online retail and delivery, handing local companies years of shopping data to feed algorithms that orchestrate the whole supply chain. Eun-young Jeong, WSJ, 11 Mar. 2021 Russell did orchestrate Seattle’s first-ever playoff experiences, reaching the Western Conference semifinals in 1975 and ’76, and by that time, Welts had landed a job in the Sonics’ media-relations department. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Sep. 2021 Sergio Trujillo will serve as choreographer, while Jason Sherwood will oversee production design, Stephen Oremus will orchestrate the music direction and Emilio Sosa will lead costume design. Danielle Turchiano, Variety, 1 Sep. 2021 Yet five years later, Al Qaeda used its base and training camps in Afghanistan to help orchestrate the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Aug. 2021 Overall, Jones helped orchestrate three scoring drives and looked better as the game, won 35-0 by the Patriots, went on. Mark Daniels, USA TODAY, 20 Aug. 2021 That’s a staggering timeline to consider, given Bing Crosby did not orchestrate Del Mar’s debut until more than seven decades later. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Aug. 2021 Booker and Paul orchestrate it all, but how Bridges and Ayton evolve in it is key. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 6 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of orchestrate

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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24 Sep 2021

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“Orchestrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orchestrate. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of orchestrate

: 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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