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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Recent Examples on the Web Hybrid Auto orchestrates the blending of the ICE and the electric propulsion system, factoring in the state of charge, driving style, speed and terrain. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Porsche’s third-generation Cayenne hybrid gets more juice, performance," 13 Sep. 2019 The allegation bore a resemblance to accusations that Ghosn had secretly orchestrated millions of dollars in off-the-books compensation for himself during his tenure at the top of the company. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa resigns as chaos continues at Nissan after Carlos Ghosn scandal," 9 Sep. 2019 People clearly were paying attention to the attrition and its effect on the Spartans’ 2018 season, in part because much of the same group of players orchestrated a dramatic revival after going 3-9 in 2016. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State expectations: What history says Mark Dantonio can do," 23 Aug. 2019 Conte is not totally wrong: Salvini has largely orchestrated this political drama. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Italy’s prime minister just resigned. What the heck comes next?," 21 Aug. 2019 Beijing officials have said without evidence that the CIA is orchestrating Hong Kong’s protests. Alice Su, Los Angeles Times, "Hong Kong protests: Hundreds of thousands spill out of pro-democracy rally and march across the city," 18 Aug. 2019 Does anyone believe Pelinka orchestrated the Anthony Davis trade? latimes.com, "Letters: On big deals, there's no shielding the Lakers from the agents," 21 June 2019 Perez Vizcaíno was the go-between for Rodriguez Mota and another suspect accused of helping orchestrate the hit from a Dominican prison, identified by investigators as Jose Eduardo Ciprián. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "David Ortiz's friend was target of the shooting, prosecutor says. He was sitting next to him," 20 June 2019 The Handmaid’s Tale was regrettably given the Kardashian-Jenner treatment this weekend after Kylie Jenner orchestrated a themed birthday party tied to the new season of the Hulu adaptation of the 1985 novel. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Kylie Jenner just gave “The Handmaid’s Tale” an ill-conceived makeover," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of orchestrate

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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26 Oct 2019

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The first known use of orchestrate was in 1858

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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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