orientation

noun
ori·​en·​ta·​tion | \ ˌȯr-ē-ən-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce orientation (audio) , -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 How to pronounce orientational (audio) , -​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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Gather this evening for an orientation and welcome dinner. National Geographic, "Tour du Mont Blanc," 17 June 2019 Still, Woody understands the importance of a toy in a child’s life, stowing away in her backpack for kindergarten orientation and helping her out by pulling a spork, pipe cleaners and popsicle sticks out of the garbage for a craft project. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: Pixar's 'Toy Story 4' is one fun and rollicking existential crisis after another," 13 June 2019 Its system requirements are aligned with a smartphone’s capabilities, its app library is made to fit a smartphone’s screen, and all of its core usability features are built for a smartphone’s vertical orientation. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Google keeps failing to understand tablets," 29 Nov. 2018 New House members are to arrive in Washington for orientation next week but won’t take office until January. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "House Democratic Majority Is Eager to Challenge Trump—And Its Own Party Leadership," 7 Nov. 2018 The Dolphins have the rookie class in town for orientation this week, and that includes Southern Mississippi’s Cornell Armstong, who was selected by the Dolphins in the sixth round of the 2018 draft. Omar Kelly, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Dolphins waive former UM cornerback Tracy Howard," 10 May 2018 On Sunday, Thompson embraced students who returned with their parents for an orientation. Adriana Diaz, CBS News, "Students prepare for emotional return to school for first time since Parkland shooting," 27 Feb. 2018 Taylor was scheduled to make his first visit to that very center, for orientation, on April 10. Théoden Janes, charlotteobserver, "His heart stopped. How it got working again is an amazing story. Was it luck, or God?," 28 May 2018 Smith and Akins were among the first groups to arrive in Indianapolis for orientation Wednesday and will start their bench press drills Friday, followed by their field skills testing on Saturday. Shannon Green, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Shaquem Griffin, former UCF teammates look to make splash at NFL Combine," 1 Mar. 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- How to pronounce orientation (audio) \

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 How to pronounce orientational (audio) \ adjective
orientationally \ -​ē How to pronounce orientationally (audio) \ adverb

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