Origin of orientateprobably back-formation ; from orientation
- to face east, or in any specified direction
- to adjust to a situation
verbo·ri·en·tat·ed, o·ri·en·tat·ing, o·ri·en·tates
To orient: “He &ellipsis; stood for a moment, orientating himself exactly in the light of his knowledge” (John le Carré).
To face or turn to the east.
(third-person singular simple present orientates, present participle orientating, simple past and past participle orientated)
- (UK, intransitive) To face (a given direction).
- (UK, 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.
- 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.
- (UK) To position (something), to align relative to a given position.
- Try to orientate your students towards the science subjects.
- (archaic) To move or turn toward the east; to veer from the north or south toward the east.
- Generally considered an error in American English. Compare developmentation.