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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Mandelbaum, 62, helped orchestrate the reunion of the Wu-Tang Clan in time to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its seminal debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), with a 13-stop tour and a Showtime docuseries. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Revealed: Billboard's 2019 Top Music Lawyers Led by BTS Counsel Debbie White of Loeb & Loeb," 26 Aug. 2019 The brothers orchestrated a bruising campaign against the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, which was signed into law in 2010. Bill Hewitt, Anchorage Daily News, "David Koch, billionaire industrialist who influenced conservative politics, dies at 79," 23 Aug. 2019 The technology can also help orchestrate protests that move beyond the digital realm. Thomas Molony, Quartz Africa, "Social media is reinforcing political power structures in Africa more than it’s challenging them," 16 Aug. 2019 The 31-year old helped orchestrate it with numerous conversations with Shapiro and the LPGA. Brett Shweky, sun-sentinel.com, "Boca Raton set to hold the inaugural Gainbridge LPGA Boca Rio Tournament," 16 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, as all this was transpiring, Williams, who had helped to orchestrate the entire debacle, was comfortably showered and dressed in the locker room. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: 35 years since the big baseball brawl," 13 Aug. 2019 Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, who oversees the National Mall and has helped orchestrate the president’s vision, and other officials have said Trump’s remarks will be patriotic. Darlene Superville, Twin Cities, "Trump says tanks will be part of his July Fourth celebration," 2 July 2019 International libertarian circles had acquainted Arthur with one of the figures who’d helped orchestrate Ethereum’s coin offering, a South African expat in Switzerland named Johann Gevers. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018 McConnell is reportedly helping to orchestrate a pretty powerful ad offensive against Blankenship. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "GOP Senate Candidate in West Virginia Calls McConnell ‘Cocaine Mitch’," 1 May 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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