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

transitive verb

: to orient (someone or something) again or differently: such as
: to change the orientation or direction of (something or someone)
reorient the antenna
reoriented herself so she was facing north
: 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
: 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 noun
plural reorientations
Many soldiers also find blogging a useful way to help deal with reorientation to civilian life … Brad Knickerbocker

Examples of reorient in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The company expressed optimism when controllers succeeded in reorienting the craft so that its solar panels could recharge its battery. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 9 Jan. 2024 The study authors suspect insects rely on the glow emanating from stars, planets and the moon to reorient themselves. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Jan. 2024 With a few minutes to spare, one of Astrobotic's engineers, John Shaffer, devised a solution to reorient the spacecraft to start recharging its battery. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 22 Jan. 2024 Yet China’s vast population-planning bureaucracy remains in place and could easily be reoriented toward attempts to coercively engineer the size of the country’s population upward. Chelsea Follett, National Review, 18 Jan. 2024 Paul outlines supportive suggestions to reorient our relationship to ambition and motherhood to make our goals work. Essence, 12 Jan. 2024 These efforts have revealed scientific models that reorient the incentives placed on researchers. Jordan Dworkin, STAT, 29 Sep. 2023 Here at the Walker Art Center, a weighty and ambitious exhibition reorients American audiences toward a generation of artists, writers and musicians for whom free expression was no plaything and no luxury. Jason Farago, New York Times, 11 Jan. 2024 Instead, the West could reorient aid around lower-cost munitions, construction supplies, and air defense systems while working to ramp up Ukraine’s defense industrial base. Emma Ashford, Foreign Affairs, 10 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reorient was in 1877

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Cite this Entry

“Reorient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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