orientate

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Back-formation from orientation.

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orientate (third-person singular simple present orientates, present participle orientating, simple past and past participle orientated)

  1. (UK, New Zealand, Australia, intransitive) To face a given direction.
  2. (UK, New Zealand, Australia, reflexive) To determine one's position relative to the surroundings; to orient (oneself).
    He came out of the station and took some time to orientate himself.
  3. To arrange in order; to dispose or place (a body) so as to show its relation to other bodies, or the relation of its parts among themselves.
    • 1848, James Dwight Dana, Manual of Mineralogy
      The one preferred is to make the dominant forms first order, that is, orientated in such a way as to intersect both horizontal crystallographic axes.
  4. (UK, New Zealand, Australia, transitive) To position (something), to align relative to a given position.
    Try to orientate your students towards the science subjects.
  5. (archaic) To move or turn toward the east; to veer from the north or south toward the east.

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Italian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Verb[edit]

orientate

  1. inflection of orientare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

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Participle[edit]

orientate f pl

  1. feminine plural of orientato