[ US /ˈɔɹiˌɛnt/ ]
[ UK /ˈɔːɹi‍ənt/ ]
  1. familiarize (someone) with new surroundings or circumstances
    The dean of students tries to orient the freshmen
  2. determine one's position with reference to another point
    We had to orient ourselves in the forest
  3. adjust to a specific need or market
    tailor your needs to your surroundings
    a magazine oriented towards young people
  4. be oriented
    The weather vane points North
    the dancers toes pointed outward
  5. cause to point
    Orient the house towards the West
  1. the hemisphere that includes Eurasia and Africa and Australia
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How To Use orient In A Sentence

  • First to unfold were the two 14-foot-wide drogue chutes, which oriented the craft and continued slowing it.
  • Hassan in frequently going to sleep in one town, to awake in another far distant, but without the benighted Oriental's surprise at the transfer, the afrit who performed this prodigy being a steam-engine, and the magician it obeyed the human mind. Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 11, No. 23, February, 1873
  • We truly are much more team oriented and friendlike to our children than parents have tended to be in the past, in large part because we too identify with many of the peer and academic pressures that kids now face. Childhood Unbound
  • He has also apparently 'humanistically re-oriented the traditions of the past'. The Times Literary Supplement
  • The relationship between the street and the galleries inside is not as intrusively immediate as is suggested by the open-ended, perpendicular orientation.
  • I was studying a phenomenon known since 1908 as the phototaxy of chloroplasts: the property of some algae living at the surface of ponds to orient their large unique chloroplast according to the intensity of light; if the light was too intense, the chloroplast turned inside the tubular cell to present its edge. Luc Montagnier - Autobiography
  • The stadium is oriented south and north.
  • The first one is oriented to the business world, and the second one is for all of us who enjoy using the computer for more than work.
  • There is no such ambiguity about a skills analysis which is always person-orientated and not just system-orientated.
  • We believe that eventually every major consumer-oriented company will need interactive programming - sticky content - for their Web sites.
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