orientation

noun
ori·​en·​ta·​tion | \ ˌȯr-ē-ən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌen-\

Definition of orientation

1a : the act or process of orienting or of being oriented These materials are for the orientation of new employees.
b : the state of being oriented the orientation of the main altar of the church broadly : arrangement, alignment the orientation of molecules
2a : a usually general or lasting direction of thought, inclination, or interest the fundamentally human orientation of Greek art— Bruce Cole This company has a decidedly conservative orientation.
b : a person's sexual identity or self-identification as bisexual, heterosexual, homosexual, pansexual, etc. : the state of being bisexual, heterosexual, homosexual, pansexual, etc. : sexual orientation
3 : change of position by organs, organelles, or organisms in response to external stimulus The plant's orientation is toward light.

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Other Words from orientation

orientational \ ˌȯr-​ē-​ən-​ˈtā-​shnəl , -​shə-​nᵊl, -​ˌen-​ \ adjective
orientationally adverb

Synonyms for orientation

Synonyms

aspect, exposure, frontage

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Examples of orientation in a Sentence

patients identifying themselves as homosexual or bisexual in orientation He makes no secret of his orientation. The organization has a decidedly conservative orientation. Her later works were more introspective in orientation. These materials are used for the orientation of new employees. New students need to go through a short orientation before they begin classes.
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The basic and fundamental human right of all people—including members of society who have been marginalized—whether for reasons of race, gender, ethnicity, or orientation—to be able to participate in the choices for their future and their community. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Explains What Feminism Means to Her During an Empowering Speech," 29 Oct. 2018 The basic and fundamental human right of all people—including members of society who have been marginalized—whether for reasons of race, gender, ethnicity, or orientation—to be able to participate in the choices for their future and their community. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Gave a Powerful Speech About Feminism in New Zealand," 28 Oct. 2018 Another thing — anyone of any gender, identity, or orientation has the capacity to appreciate another human. Emily Wang, Teen Vogue, "Ruby Rose Responds to Trolls Who Think She, as a Lesbian, Can't "Appreciate" Men," 19 Oct. 2018 My specific store is fortunate enough to be very diverse in not only color, but also in regards to religion, gender, and orientation. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "4 Starbucks Employees on What the Racial-Bias Training Was Really Like," 30 May 2018 The software also appears to get confused when the phone’s screen is bent, with the display flashing a couple of times before picking an orientation. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Royole could be the first company to release a foldable smartphone," 31 Oct. 2018 The millions of accountants, data clerks, administrative assistants and middle managers whose detail orientation and integrity keeps our world humming should also be offended. WSJ, "Give No Triple Points for ‘Gender Differences’," 22 Nov. 2018 Every age, size, shape, shade, gender, orientation, and ability showed up and showed out at #WakandaCon. Devon Maloney, The Verge, "How the first Wakandacon escaped the fan convention curse," 13 Aug. 2018 Due to various factors, including the construction equipment's orientation and instability of surrounding trenches, rescue personnel needed time to determine if this would be a rescue or recovery mission. Kimberly Rapanut, azcentral, "Construction worker missing after crane topples at Phoenix Sky Harbor," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of orientation

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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orientation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of orientation

: a person's feelings, interests, and beliefs

: a main interest, quality, or goal

: the process of giving people training and information about a new job, situation, etc.

orientation

noun
ori·​en·​ta·​tion | \ ˌōr-ē-ən-ˈtā-shən, ˌȯr-, -ˌen- \

Medical Definition of orientation

1a : the act or process of orienting or of being oriented
b : the state of being oriented
2 : a usually general or lasting direction of thought, inclination, or interest — see sexual orientation
3 : change of position by organs, organelles, or organisms in response to external stimulus
4 : awareness of the existing situation with reference to time, place, and identity of persons psychological orientation

Other Words from orientation

orientational \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl \ adjective
orientationally \ -​ē \ adverb

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