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 Beijing has denied orchestrating a cover-up of its coronavirus response. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "House Republicans: Call WHO chief and China’s ambassador to testify in coronavirus investigation," 19 May 2020 By accepting demands to prepare a conference on financing, the government aims to drive a wedge between unions that have so far orchestrated 37 days of strikes, hitting many sectors and bringing havoc to transport systems of large cities. William Horobin, Bloomberg.com, "Macron Seeks to Drive Pension Reform With Fresh Talks," 19 May 2020 Superior Court Judge Eric Norris orchestrated the meeting with Nathan Owens last July, the state Judicial Qualifications Commission’s investigative panel said in a recent filing before the Georgia Supreme Court. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Athens judge faces ethics charge for berating man over Facebook post," 17 May 2020 Late last month, the case took another sensational turn when Ms. Hagen’s husband, Tom Hagen, 70, was arrested on suspicion of having orchestrated her killing. Thomas Erdbrink, New York Times, "A Mogul’s Wife Vanishes. Now Norway Has a National Obsession.," 16 May 2020 Late last month, the case took another sensational turn when Hagen’s husband, Tom Hagen, 70, was arrested on suspicion of having orchestrated her killing. Thomas Erdbrink, BostonGlobe.com, "A mogul’s wife vanishes. Now Norway has a national obsession.," 16 May 2020 The bees reportedly took shelter in a neighboring shed before orchestrating the fatal attack. Fox News, "Arizona bee swarm kills three dogs, fire officials say," 14 May 2020 Hanie had rallied the Bears into position after the Raji touchdown by orchestrating a quick touchdown drive, capped by a 35-yard pass to Earl Bennett. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: B.J. Raji takes it to the house and the Packers beat the Bears in the NFC title game," 9 May 2020 The Reims surrender wasn’t even reported in the Soviet press until a day afterward, proof according to some observers that the second surrender was a propaganda move orchestrated so Stalin could claim a larger part of the credit for ending the war. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Why Germany surrendered twice in World War II," 6 May 2020

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First Known Use of orchestrate

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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24 May 2020

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“Orchestrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orchestrate. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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