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[awr-ee-uh n-teyt, -en-, ohr-] /ˈɔr i ənˌteɪt, -ɛn-, ˈoʊr-/
verb (used with or 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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Historical Examples
  • If they have a society, it is orientated towards the rest of the planetary life—instead of towards other human beings.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • We laid the compass on the mound, and found it was orientated accurately magnetic east and west, not allowing for the variation.

    Through Arctic Lapland Cutcliffe Hyne
  • The orientated head is perfectly upright; and the line in question marks its level.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • Here by the creek's side they buried her, and (doubtless by the ship's own compass) they orientated the forest grave.

    Virginia: The Old Dominion Frank W. Hutchins and Cortelle Hutchins
  • It may even be the sign of an inborn vocation and indicate in what direction the creative activity will be orientated.

  • In the instinct for individual preservation, orientated in the direction of the future.

  • Naturally, it is horizontal only when the head is orientated in the manner above stated.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • These variations are due to multiple causes, which have orientated the imagination now in one direction, now in another.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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