Orient meaning

ôrē-ənt, -ĕnt
Orient is defined as to align or position something towards a particular point or reference.

Facing toward the East is an example of how to orient a person for prayer.

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The orient is the luster of a pearl.

An example of orient is an expensive string of pearls with very shiny pearls.

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To provide with a primary purpose or focus of attention.

A medical system that is oriented toward the prevention of disease.

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The place on the horizon where the sun rises; the east.
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Having exceptional luster.

Orient gemstones.

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Eastern; oriental.
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To determine the bearings of (oneself); cause (one) to know one's position in relation to the surroundings.

Oriented himself by the neon sign on top of the building.

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To make familiar with a new situation.

Events to help students get oriented to life on campus.

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The east.
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Brilliant; shining; precious: said originally of pearls, now used more generally.
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To arrange with reference to the east; esp., to build (a church) with the chief altar at the eastern end.
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To set (a map or chart) in agreement with the points of the compass.
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To adjust with relation to facts or principles; correct.
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To familiarize with a situation or circumstance.

Give him time to orient himself within the new hierarchy.

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To set the focus of so as to relate or appeal to a certain group.

We will orient our campaign to the youth who are often disinterested.

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To point at or direct towards.

I will orient all of the signs to face the road.

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To determine which direction one is facing.

Let me just orient myself and we can be on our way.

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To place or build so as to face eastward.
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(intransitive) To change direction so as to face east.
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(by extension) To change direction to face a certain way.
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Alternative capitalization of Orient [from 14th c.]
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The part of the horizon where the sun first appears in the morning; the east.
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Bright; lustrous; superior; pure; perfect; pellucid; used of gems and also figuratively, because the most perfect jewels are found in the East.
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Countries of Asia, especially East Asia.
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(dated) Countries east of the Mediterranean.
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A pear cultivar from the United States.
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The countries of Asia, especially of eastern Asia.
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the Orient
  • The East, including the Near East and the Far East.
  • The Far East.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the Orient

Origin of orient

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin oriēns orient- rising sun, east from present participle of orīrī to arise, be born er-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English orient, from Old French orient, from Latin oriens (“rising; as a noun, the quarter where the sun rises, the east, day"), present participle of oriri (“to rise").

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin oriÄ“ns (“east").

    From Wiktionary