- o|ri|ent1 [ˈo:rient, ˈɔri- US ˈo:-] v also orientate BrE[Date: 1700-1800; : French; Origin: orienter, from Old French orient; ORIENT2]1.) be oriented to/towards/around sth/sbto give a lot of attention to one type of activity or one type of person▪ a course that is oriented towards the needs of businessmen▪ A lot of the training is orientated around communications skills.▪ The organization is strongly oriented towards research2.) orient yourselfa) to find exactly where you are by looking around you or using a map→↑disorient, disorientated▪ She looked at the street names, trying to orient herself.b) to become familiar with a new situationorient yourself to▪ It takes new students a while to orientate themselves to college life.orient 2o|ri|ent2 [ˈo:riənt, ˈɔri- US ˈo:-] n[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: Latin, present participle of oriri 'to rise']the Orientold-fashioned the eastern part of the world, especially China and Japan
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.