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orient

verb

  1. (lie)  to be oriented
    Synonyms: point. Type of: lie
  2. (decide)  to determine one's position with reference to another point
    Synonyms: orientate. Type of: decide
  3. (position)  to cause to point
    Type of: position
  4. (familiarize)  to familiarize (someone) with new surroundings or circumstances
    Type of: familiarize
  5. (adapt)  to adjust to a specific need or market
    Synonyms: tailor. Type of: adapt

Orient

noun

  1. (collection)  the countries of Asia
    Synonyms: East, E. [acronym], E [acronym]. Type of: collection. Part of: Asia. Describes: eastern
  2. (hemisphere)  the hemisphere that includes Eurasia, Africa, and Australia
    Synonyms: Eastern Hemisphere, eastern hemisphere, orient. Type of: hemisphere

Etymology summary

"Orient (Noun)": "the East" (originally usually meaning what is now called ... | ...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

orient | Orient | orientate | east [sense-specific] | eastern [synonym, sense-specific]

[poetic] another word for "east" | [archaic] the eastern sky or the dawn | the iridescent lustre of a pearl | [modifier] | a pearl of high quality | ... (24 of 465 words, 10 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/orient

Random House Dictionary:

orient | orientate | orientatated [past tense] | orientatating [present participle] | the Orient [sense-specific] | an orient pearl [jewelry, sense-specific]

"the Orient": the countries of Asia, especially East Asia. ; [archaic] the countries to the east of the Mediterranean. | [jewelry] ; an orient pearl ; ... (25 of 246 words, 14 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/orient

American Heritage Dictionary:

orient | oriented [present participle] | orienting [3rd-person singular present] | Orient [sense-specific]

"Orient": The countries of Asia, especially of eastern Asia. | The luster characteristic of a pearl of high quality. | A pearl having exceptional ... (22 of 217 words, 16 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

orient [entry 1, noun] | Orient [sense-specific] | east [synonym, sense-specific]

[archaic] "east" [sense-specific] | "Orient": "east" [sense-specific] | a pearl of great luster ; the luster of a pearl (17 of 64 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/orient

orient [entry 2, adjective] | lustrous [synonym, sense-specific] | Oriental [synonym, sense-specific] | sparkling [synonym, sense-specific] | glowing [synonym, sense-specific] | radiant [synonym, sense-specific]

[archaic] "Oriental" [sense-specific] | "lustrous", "sparkling" ; [archaic] "radiant", "glowing" | [archaic] rising in the sky (14 of 34 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example)

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orient [entry 3, verb] | accustom [synonym, sense-specific] | familiarize [synonym, sense-specific] | initiate [synonym, sense-specific] | introduce [synonym, sense-specific] | acquaint [synonym, sense-specific] | orientate [synonym, sense-specific] | habituate [similar, sense-specific] | wont [similar, sense-specific] | ...

to cause to face or point toward the east ; specifically, to build (a ... | to set right by adjusting to facts or principles ; to acquaint with the ... (29 of 212 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

orient | the Orient | orient oneself | orientate [British] | oriental [synonym, sense-specific]

[literary] : the countries of the East, especially East Asia | the special lustre of a pearl of the finest quality (with reference to fine pearls from ... (26 of 194 words, 9 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/orient

New World Dictionary:

orient

[archaic, poetic] the east | the quality that determines a pearl's value; luster ; a pearl of high quality | brilliant; shining; precious: said ... (22 of 139 words, 8 definitions, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

orient | orients [plural] | oriented [past tense] | orienting [present participle] | orientate [British, synonym, sense-specific]

[transitive] To familiarize with a situation or circumstance. | [transitive] To set the focus of so as to relate or appeal to a certain group. | [transitive] To point at or direct towards. | [transitive] To determine which direction one is facing. | ... (39 of 96 words, 9 definitions, 5 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/orient

Orient | Occident [antonym, sense-specific]

Countries of Asia, especially East Asia. | [outdated] Countries east of the Mediterranean. (12 of 14 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/Orient

Macmillan British Dictionary:

orient [transitive, passive] | oriented [past tense] | orienting [present participle] | orients [3rd-person singular present] | be oriented to/towards | orient yourself

"be oriented to/towards": to have a particular emphasis or aim | "orient yourself": to find out your exact position and the direction in which you ... (24 of 83 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/orient

Britannica Encyclopedia:

orient [pearl]

the faint play of colours on the surface of a pearl. (11 of 12 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/1518888​/orient

Wikipedia:

Orient

means "the East". It's a traditional designation for anything that belongs to the Eastern world or the Near East or Far East, in relation to Europe. In English it's largely a metonym for, and coterminous with, the continent of Asia. The term "Orient" ... (43 of 1802 words, 1 image)

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Orient (disambiguation)

a vaguely defined area of Asia. Orient or Oriental may also refer to: Oriente, a former province | Oriental, a region | Negros Oriental, a province | L'Orient, Switzerland, a village | Orient, Illinois | Orient, Iowa | Orient, Maine | Orient, New York ... (37 of 450 words, 54 definitions)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

the Orient [dated] | Orient | oriental [adjective, derived]

the countries in the east and south-east of Asia (9 of 25 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/the-orient

Encarta Dictionary:

orient | orients [plural] | oriented [past tense] | orienting [present participle] | orientate | orientated [past tense] | orientating [present participle] | orientates [3rd-person singular present]

to accustom somebody or yourself to a new situation or set of surroundings | to position somebody or something facing a particular direction | to find ... (24 of 338 words, 13 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861684866​/definition​.html  [offline]

Orient [dated]

the countries of East Asia, especially China, Japan, and neighboring countries Occident (12 of 23 words)

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Etymology references

Online Etymology:

Orient

First use: about 1300 | about 1727

Origin: "Orient (Noun)": "the East" (originally usually meaning what is now called ... | "orient (verb)": originally "to arrange facing east", from French ... (25 of 120 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=orient

New World Dictionary:

orient

Origin: Old French from Latin oriens: see the adjective | Latin oriens, direction of the rising sun, present participle of oriri, to ... (20 of 41 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

orient | orients [plural] | oriented [past tense] | orienting [present participle]

Origin: 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").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/orient

Orient

Origin: Latin oriēns ("east").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/Orient

American Heritage Dictionary:

orient | oriented [present participle] | orienting [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin oriēns, orient-, rising sun, east, from present participle of orīrī, ... (17 of 28 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/orient

Oxford Dictionary:

orient | the Orient | orient oneself

Origin: late Middle English: via Old French from Latin orient- "rising or east", from oriri "to rise"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/orient

Collins Dictionary:

orient | Orient

First use: 18th century

Origin: via French from Latin oriēns rising (sun), from orīrī to rise

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/orient

Merriam-Webster:

orient [entry 1, noun] | Orient [sense-specific]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin orient-, oriens, from present participle of oriri to rise; akin to Sanskrit ... (20 of 30 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/orient

orient [entry 3, verb]

First use: about 1741

Origin: French orienter, from Middle French, from orient

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Encarta Dictionary:

orient | orients [plural] | oriented [past tense] | orienting [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French from Latin orient-, present participle of oriri "rise"; because the Sun rises in the east

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861684866​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

orient | Orient

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Orient"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

orient [transitive, passive] | oriented [past tense] | orienting [present participle] | orients [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "orient"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/orient

Macmillan American Dictionary:

orient [transitive, passive] | oriented [past tense] | orienting [present participle] | orients [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "orient"

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the Free Dictionary:

orient

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "orient"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "orient"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "orient" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

orient | orients [plural] | oriented [past tense] | orienting [present participle]

Audio 1: English pronunciation of "orient"

Audio 2: English pronunciation of "orient"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

orient

Audio: North American pronunciation of "orient"

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orient

Audio: North American pronunciation of "orient"

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YourDictionary Audio:

orient

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "orient" by speech synthesizer

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