re·​ori·​ent | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈȯr-ē-ˌent How to pronounce reorient (audio) \
reoriented; reorienting

Definition of reorient

transitive verb

: to orient (someone or something) again or differently: such as
a : to change the orientation or direction of (something or someone) reorient the antenna reoriented herself so she was facing north
b : to reacquaint (someone, especially oneself) with a situation, environment, etc. woke up and reoriented myself to my surroundings … returning servicewomen and men struggling to reorient themselves to civilian life.— Molly Callahan
c : to change the goal or emphasis of (something or someone) … I stumbled into motherhood and was bewildered at … the volte-face required to reorient myself, my values and my way of life …— Madeleine Bunting … lacks nearly every resource necessary to reorient its archaic industrial economy …— David Remnick The long-term potential of vast databases of genomic data to … reorient the debate on medical priorities …— Larry Downes and Paul Nunes also : to direct (something) toward the interests of a different group reorienting its policy priorities to the working class. — Franklin Foer

Other Words from reorient

reorientation \ (ˌ)rē-​ˌȯr-​ē-​ən-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce reorient (audio) , -​ˌen-​ \ noun, plural reorientations
Many soldiers also find blogging a useful way to help deal with reorientation to civilian life … — Brad Knickerbocker

First Known Use of reorient

1877, in the meaning defined above

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“Reorient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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