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Definition of "orientate" []

  • To orient: "He . . . stood for a moment, orientating himself exactly in the light of his knowledge” ( John le Carré). (verb-transitive)
  • To face or turn to the east. (verb-intransitive)

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Use "orientate" in a sentence
  • "Some decades ago, Eric Partridge noted in Usage and Abusage that orientate is correct as an intransitive (“to face in a particular direction”), but that orient is preferable in all other senses."
  • "In most cases, though, this slight differentiation seems likely to be increasingly eroded, if the development of orient and orientate is anything to go by."
  • "Orient (v) and orientate (v) are all but interchangeable."