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disorientate

[dis-awr-ee-uh n-teyt, -ohr-] /dɪsˈɔr i ənˌteɪt, -ˈoʊr-/
verb (used with object), disorientated, disorientating.
1.
to disorient.
Origin of disorientate
1695-1705
1695-1705; dis-1 + orientate
Related forms
disorientation, noun
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Examples from the Web for disorientation
Contemporary Examples
  • During the height of the crisis, Westergaard described the disorientation and dislocation of living under guard.

  • 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
Historical Examples
  • The feeling of disorientation and foreignness was new to Perry.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • There was an elusive sense of disorientation, a feeling of something overlooked.

    The Short Life Francis Donovan
  • disorientation is a state of mental confusion as to time, place, or identity.

  • You are suffering from distorted perception—illusions and hallucinations, disorientation.

    A Thought For Tomorrow Robert E. Gilbert
  • The sense of disorientation set up by the tractors was subsiding.

    Alarm Clock Everett B. Cole
  • This morning, however, the sense of disorientation did not pass with full wakefulness.

    Monkey On His Back Charles V. De Vet
  • Drugged with fatigue, the younger man slept, awaking to full day, a fog of bewilderment and disorientation.

    Star Hunter Andre Alice Norton
  • The disorientation continues with Bell's suggestion to travel south or west.

British Dictionary definitions for disorientation

disorientate

/dɪsˈɔːrɪənˌteɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to cause (someone) to lose his bearings
2.
to perplex; confuse
Derived Forms
disorientation, noun
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Word Origin and History for disorientation
n.

1860; see dis- + orientation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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disorientation in Medicine

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

  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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