orchestrate

verb
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 orchestrater (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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Gallagher’s lawyers say the group chat was used to orchestrate a smear campaign to bring down their demanding platoon chief. Julie Watson, The Denver Post, "Navy SEAL trial exposes divide in normally secretive force," 30 June 2019 The move was widely believed to have been orchestrated by Mr Erdogan and his inner circle. The Economist, "Turkey’s President Erdogan may face a mutiny in his own party," 6 June 2019 Historical bond schemes like the one Caldwell and Smith are alleged to have orchestrated are a common, if unsophisticated, tool for scam artists, according to the U.S. Treasury Department. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Houston pastor, Louisiana financial planner sold millions in worthless bonds, feds charge," 30 Mar. 2018 And then there was a theft last summer, 57 guns allegedly stolen by his own family, a smash-and-grab said to be orchestrated by his stepdaughter, involving a stepgrandson from a previous relationship. Michael Paterniti, GQ, "Dragonman, the Man Who Sells “People-Hunting Guns”," 7 Mar. 2018 Iran, for its part, denied responsibility and hints that the latest explosions were orchestrated by its rivals. The Economist, "Who is blowing up ships in the Gulf?," 13 June 2019 My ex-fiancé helped orchestrate the raid on Osama bin Laden. Abby Ellin, Marie Claire, "I Almost Married a Con Man," 8 Jan. 2019 Graffiti historian Roger Gastman—who helped orchestrate MOCA’s record-setting Art in the Streets show in 2011—takes over a 40,000-square-foot warehouse on the edge of Chinatown for a totally bonkers street art experience. Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine, "The 8 Best Things Going On In L.A. This Weekend," 21 June 2018 Following the controversy, there was some debate as to whether the scandal was orchestrated to protect Kardashian. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Kris Jenner Insists The Tristan Thompson Cheating Scandal Was Unexpected," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of orchestrate

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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More Definitions for orchestrate

orchestrate

verb

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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