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[awr-ee-uh n-teyt, -en-, ohr-] /ˈɔr i ənˌteɪt, -ɛn-, ˈoʊr-/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), orientated, orientating.
to orient.
Origin of orientate
1840-50; < French orient(er) to orient + -ate1
Related forms
reorientate, verb (used with object), reorientated, reorientating. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for orientated
  • Nearly all of their budget is spent on commercially orientated projects.
  • Vertical orientation may allow them to be bundled with the heavy ends orientated together.
  • We are widely recognized as the leading independent, consumer orientated source of information about all aspects of eldercare.
  • It is a small school with a graduate program but it appears that the position is mostly undergrad orientated.
British Dictionary definitions for orientated


a variant of orient
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Word Origin and History for orientated



1849, back-formation from orientation. Related: Orientated; orientating.

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orientated in Medicine

orientate or·i·en·tate (ôr'ē-ěn-tāt', -ən-)
v. or·i·en·tat·ed, or·i·en·tat·ing, or·i·en·tates
To orient.

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