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orient

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noun ori·ent \ ˈȯr-ē-ənt , -ē-ˌent \

Definition of orient

1 capitalized :regions or countries lying to the east of a specified or implied point :the eastern regions or countries of the world :east 2 formerly understood to include regions (such as the Middle East) lying to the east and southeast of southern Europe but now usually understood to refer to regions and countries of eastern Asia
  • sailed for the Orient
2 archaic :east 1b
3 a :a pearl of great luster
b :the luster of a pearl

Origin and Etymology of orient

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin orient-, oriens, from present participle of oriri to rise; akin to Sanskrit ṛṇoti he moves, arises, Greek ornynai to rouse, oros mountain


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orient

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Definition of orient

1 archaic :oriental 1
2 a :lustrous, sparkling
  • orient gems
b archaic :radiant, glowing
3 archaic :rising in the sky

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Origin and Etymology of orient


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orient

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verb ori·ent \ ˈȯr-ē-ˌent \

Definition of orient

transitive verb
1 a :to cause to face or point toward the east; specifically :to build (a church or temple) with the longitudinal axis pointing eastward and the chief altar at the eastern end
b :to set or arrange in any determinate position especially in relation to the points of the compass
c :to ascertain the bearings of
2 a :to set right by adjusting to facts or principles
b :to acquaint with the existing situation or environment
3 :to direct (something, such as a book or film) toward the interests of a particular group
4 :to cause the axes of the molecules of (a fiber or material) to assume the same direction

Examples of orient in a Sentence

  1. The program is intended to orient students toward a career in medicine.

  2. Orient the map so that north is at the top.

  3. The house is oriented so that it faces west.

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Origin and Etymology of orient

French orienter, from Middle French, from orient



ORIENT Defined for English Language Learners

orient

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Definition of orient for English Language Learners

  • : to change or create (something, such as a book or a film) so that it appeals to a particular group of people or is suitable for a particular group of people

  • : to direct (someone) toward a goal

  • : to place (something) in a particular position or direction


ORIENT Defined for Kids

orient

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verb ori·ent \ ˈōr-ē-ˌent \

Definition of orient for Students

oriented; orienting
1 :to set or arrange in a position especially so as to be lined up with certain points of the compass
  • Builders oriented the house to face east.
2 :to make familiar with an existing situation or environment
  • Volunteers are needed to orient new students.
3 :to direct toward the interests of a particular group The movie is oriented toward children.

orientation

\ˌōr-ē-ən-ˈtā-shən\ noun

Medical Dictionary

orient

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transitive verb ori·ent \ ˈōr-ē-ˌent, ˈȯr- \

medical Definition of orient

1 :to set or arrange in any determinate position especially in relation to the points of the compass
2 :to acquaint with or adjust according to the existing situation or environment
3 :to cause the axes of the molecules of to assume the same direction


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