Facing toward the East is an example of how to orient a person for prayer.
An example of orient is an expensive string of pearls with very shiny pearls.
A medical system that is oriented toward the prevention of disease.
Oriented himself by the neon sign on top of the building.
Events to help students get oriented to life on campus.
Give him time to orient himself within the new hierarchy.
Let me just orient myself and we can be on our way.
- The East, including the Near East and the Far East.
- The Far East.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
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").
- Latin oriÄ“ns (“east").