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[dis-awr-ee-uh n-teyt, -ohr-] /dɪsˈɔr i ənˌteɪt, -ˈoʊr-/
verb (used with object), disorientated, disorientating.
to disorient.
Origin of disorientate
1695-1705; dis-1 + orientate
Related forms
disorientation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disorientation
  • Evident in Twilight Visions is the disorientation between the changing physical city and its effect on cultural habits.

    Dreaming of Paris Philip Gefter January 27, 2010
  • During the height of the crisis, Westergaard described the disorientation and dislocation of living under guard.

British Dictionary definitions for disorientation


verb (transitive)
to cause (someone) to lose his bearings
to perplex; confuse
Derived Forms
disorientation, noun
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Word Origin and History for disorientation

1860; see dis- + orientation.

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disorientation in Medicine

disorientation dis·o·ri·en·ta·tion (dĭs-ôr'ē-ěn-tā'shən)

  1. Loss of one's sense of direction, position, or relationship with one's surroundings.

  2. A temporary or permanent state of confusion regarding place, time, or personal identity.

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