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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But where the book focused primarily on the people who conspired to orchestrate the worst terrorist attack on American soil, the series reorients itself around the people who failed to stop them. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Gripping History of The Looming Tower," 1 Mar. 2018 Trailing for nearly the entire second half, Oak Hills (16-6) needed all hands on deck to orchestrate an improbable and unbelievable comeback over Mason (15-5), 70-66, in double overtime on Senior Night. Adam Baum, Cincinnati.com, "Oak Hills completes wild comeback to beat Mason in double overtime," 16 Feb. 2018 Avid plantsman and garden designer Richard Hartlage knows a thing or two about orchestrating color — and bulbs — in the landscape. Lorene Edwards Forkner, The Seattle Times, "Richard Hartlage composes kaleidoscopic landscapes of bulbs — for Chihuly Garden and Glass, and his home," 13 Apr. 2019 An admissions consultant named William Singer allegedly orchestrated it all. Tyler Kingkade, Town & Country, "College Admissions Has a Fact-Checking Problem. Here's Why.," 24 Mar. 2019 While Bendet orchestrated the gala’s gowns like a symphony conductor, Pendleton curated the dinner’s design. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "The Fine Print: Polkadots, Stripes, and More at the Art Production Fund’s Gala," 13 Mar. 2019 Just days before his flight across the pond, Thomas admitted to orchestrating paparazzi pictures in order to improve his public image. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Everything We Know About Meghan Markle's Family," 4 Mar. 2019 Just a collection of competing fleets, centrally orchestrated and offering different levels of service to different groups at different prices. Peter Wayner, The Atlantic, "The New York City Subway Is Beyond Repair," 9 June 2018 Trump has given bin Salman carte blanche in his botched endeavors to rout Houthi rebels in Yemen, blockade Qatar, orchestrate the removal of the Lebanese prime minister, and ostracize Iran. Sina Toossi, Newsweek, "Trump's Foreign Policy Has Left The Middle East Wide Open To Russia And China—And They're Moving In," 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of orchestrate

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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