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English noun: Orient

1. Orient (location) the countries of Asia


Instance hypernymAsia

Part holonymFar East


2. orient (location) the hemisphere that includes Eurasia and Africa and Australia

Synonymseastern hemisphere

Broader (hypernym)hemisphere

Part holonymAfrica, Australia, Eurasia, Old World

English verb: orient

1. orient (stative) be oriented

SamplesThe weather vane points North.
The dancers toes pointed outward.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)lie

2. orient (perception) determine one's position with reference to another point

SamplesWe had to orient ourselves in the forest.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)decide, determine, make up one's mind

Narrower (hyponym)guide, guide on, reorient, reorientate

Antonymsdisorient, disorientate

3. orient (stative) cause to point

SamplesOrient the house towards the West.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)position

Narrower (hyponym)stem

Causeorient, point

4. orient (communication) familiarize (someone) with new surroundings or circumstances

SamplesThe dean of students tries to orient the freshmen.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)acquaint, familiarise, familiarize

5. orient (change) adjust to a specific need or market

SamplesA magazine oriented towards young people.
Tailor your needs to your surroundings.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)accommodate, adapt

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