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. (Britain, intransitive) To face a given direction.
  2. (Britain, reflexive) To determine one's position relative to the surroundings; to orient (oneself).
    • John le Carré
      He…stood for a moment, orientating himself exactly in the light of his knowledge.
    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.
    • E. S. Dana
      A crystal is orientated when placed in its proper position so as to exhibit its symmetry.
  4. (Britain, 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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Verb[edit]

orientate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of orientare
  2. second-person plural imperative of orientare
  3. feminine plural of orientato