reorient

verb re·ori·ent \ (ˌ)rē-ˈȯr-ē-ˌent \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of reorient

reoriented; reorienting
: 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

reorientation

play \(ˌ)rē-ˌȯr-ē-ən-ˈtā-shən, -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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