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[awr-kuh-streyt] /ˈɔr kəˌstreɪt/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), orchestrated, orchestrating.
to compose or arrange (music) for performance by an orchestra.
to arrange or manipulate, especially by means of clever or thorough planning or maneuvering:
to orchestrate a profitable trade agreement.
Origin of orchestrate
1875-80; < French orchestr(er) (derivative of orchestre orchestra) + -ate1
Related forms
orchestration, noun
orchestrator, orchestrater, noun
overorchestrate, verb, overorchestrated, overorchestrating.
reorchestrate, verb, reorchestrated, reorchestrating.
reorchestration, noun
unorchestrated, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for orchestration


verb (transitive)
to score or arrange (a piece of music) for orchestra
to arrange, organize, or build up for special or maximum effect
Derived Forms
orchestration, noun
orchestrator, noun
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Word Origin and History for orchestration

1840, from French orchestration or else a native noun of action from orchestrate.



"to compose or arrange (music) for an orchestra," 1855, back-formation from orchestration. The figurative sense is attested from 1883. Related: Orchestrated; orchestrating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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