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[ree-awr-ee-ent, -ohr-] /riˈɔr iˌɛnt, -ˈoʊr-/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to orient again or anew.
Rare. rising anew.
Origin of reorient
1930-35; re- + orient Unabridged
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Examples from the web for reorient
  • Instead, it was a call for me to reorient my perception.
  • We must reorient the public discourse about higher education.
  • Calcium bursts on one side of a growing cell, for instance, caused the cell to reorient itself and set forth in another direction.
  • We have got to basically reorient our economy toward the future.
  • Right now it might be that high, because the market is still trying to reorient itself.
  • Many of these countries need to reorient their economies from exports to domestic demand.
  • These regimes wanted to completely reorient the relation between material life, the individual, and the state.
  • The approach also could reorient a satellite in space.
  • The question that has plagued plant scientists is how these cells reorient in order to flow around the wound.
British Dictionary definitions for reorient


verb (transitive)
to adjust or align (something) in a new or different way
Derived Forms
reorientation, noun
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Word Origin and History for reorient

also re-orient, 1897 (transitive), 1937 (intransitive), from re- "back, again" + orient (v.). Related: Reoriented; reorienting. Alternative reorientate also is recorded from 1913.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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