orientate

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EtymologyEdit

Back-formation from orientation.

VerbEdit

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

  1. (Britain, New Zealand, Australia, intransitive) To face a given direction.
  2. (Britain, 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. (Britain, 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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VerbEdit

orientate

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