or·​ches·​trate | \ˈȯr-kə-ˌstrāt \
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 \ 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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The disorientating carousel of price cuts and on-screen countdowns have been carefully orchestrated to tap into our responses to stress and rivalry. Rebekka Ayres, Teen Vogue, "Black Friday, Explained: A Complete History," 23 Nov. 2018 AWACs planes also orchestrate the air battle, directing friendly forces against enemy forces. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How China's New Missile Concept Could Cripple American Air Power," 23 Oct. 2018 Others simply believed Kris orchestrated the whole thing, maybe even pitting the girls against each other? Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Did Kris Jenner Manufacture All of This Kardashian Family Drama?," 6 Aug. 2018 Serena orchestrated the dramatic arrival of the women beautifully. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale': Season 2, Episode 13 Recap: 19 Startling Moments in 'The Word'," 11 July 2018 England raced clear with a devastating opening stanza of tries from Mike Brown, Elliot Daly and Owen Farrell, but South Africa's livewire scrumhalf Faf de Klerk orchestrated a Springbok stampede. CNN, "Rugby's southern hemisphere sides strike first blows," 11 June 2018 Setter Wilbert Minier orchestrated the balanced attack with 32 assists. Dan Mcloone, BostonGlobe.com, "Lawrence seizes control of North boys’ volleyball semifinal," 9 June 2018 The tag-team match was Randolph's idea, of course, and Lawler orchestrated a beef that started in an interview on WAKY and escalated into a challenge. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "60 years ago, WAKY put the crazy in Louisville's rock 'n' roll radio," 7 June 2018 New show features orchestrated versions of the late music icon’s hits and deep cuts. Jim Kiest, San Antonio Express-News, "Concerts coming in 2018-2019 to San Antonio," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of orchestrate

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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