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orient

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noun ori·ent \ˈȯr-ē-ənt, -ē-ˌent\

Definition of orient

  1. 1 archaic :  east 1b

  2. 2 capitalized :  east 2

  3. 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


First Known Use: 14th century


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orient

adjective ori·ent

Definition of orient

  1. 1 archaic :  oriental 1

  2. 2 a :  lustrous, sparkling <orient gems> b archaic :  radiant, glowing

  3. 3 archaic :  rising in the sky

15th Century

First Known Use of orient

15th century


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orient

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verb ori·ent \ˈȯr-ē-ˌent\

Definition of orient

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 2 a :  to set right by adjusting to facts or principles b :  to acquaint with the existing situation or environment

  4. 3 :  to direct (as a book or film) toward the interests of a particular group

  5. 4 :  to cause the axes of the molecules of 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.

Origin and Etymology of orient

French orienter, from Middle French, from orient


First Known Use: circa 1741



ORIENT Defined for English Language Learners


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orient

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verb ori·ent \ˈȯr-ē-ˌent\

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. 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. 2 :  to make familiar with an existing situation or environment <Volunteers are needed to orient new students.>

  3. 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. 1:  to set or arrange in any determinate position especially in relation to the points of the compass

  2. 2:  to acquaint with or adjust according to the existing situation or environment

  3. 3:  to cause the axes of the molecules of to assume the same direction



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