What does orient mean?

Definitions for orientˈɔr i ənt, -iˌɛnt, ˈoʊr-; ˈɔr iˌɛnt, ˈoʊr-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word orient.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. East, Orient(noun)

    the countries of Asia

  2. eastern hemisphere, orient(verb)

    the hemisphere that includes Eurasia and Africa and Australia

  3. orient, point(verb)

    be oriented

    "The weather vane points North"; "the dancers toes pointed outward"

  4. orient, orientate(verb)

    determine one's position with reference to another point

    "We had to orient ourselves in the forest"

  5. orient(verb)

    cause to point

    "Orient the house towards the West"

  6. orient(verb)

    familiarize (someone) with new surroundings or circumstances

    "The dean of students tries to orient the freshmen"

  7. tailor, orient(verb)

    adjust to a specific need or market

    "a magazine oriented towards young people"; "tailor your needs to your surroundings"


  1. Orient(v. t.)

    Hence: To acquaint with new surroundings or a new situation.

  2. Origin: [F. orienter. Cf. Orientate.]


  1. orient(Verb)

    To familiarize with a situation or circumstance.

    Give him time to orient himself within the new hierarchy.

  2. orient(Verb)

    To set the focus of so as to relate or appeal to a certain group.

    We will orient our campaign to the youth who are often disinterested.

  3. orient(Verb)

    To point at or direct towards.

    I will orient all of the signs to face the road.

  4. orient(Verb)

    To determine which direction one is facing.

    Let me just orient myself and we can be on our way.

  5. orient(Verb)

    To place or build so as to face eastward.

  6. orient(Verb)

    To change direction so as to face east.

  7. orient(Verb)

    To change direction to face a certain way.

  8. Orient(ProperNoun)

    Countries of Asia, especially East Asia.

  9. Orient(ProperNoun)

    Countries east of the Mediterranean.

  10. Origin: From orient, from orient, from oriens, present participle of oriri.


  1. Orient

    Orient is a census-designated place in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York, United States. The CDP's population was 743 at the 2010 census. Orient and Orient Point are used almost interchangeably. However, Orient Point refers specifically to the physical point at the end of the North Fork of Long Island, while Orient is the hamlet in which the point is located.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Orient

    ō′ri-ent, adj. rising, as the sun: eastern: bright or pure in colour.—n. the part where the sun rises: the east, or the countries of the east: purity of lustre, as in a pearl.—v.t. to set so as to face the east: to build, as a church, with its length from east to west.—adj. Orien′tal, eastern: pertaining to, in, or from the east.—n. a native of the east.—v.t. Orien′talise.—ns. Orien′talism, an eastern word, expression, or custom; Orien′talist, one versed in the eastern languages: an oriental; Oriental′ity.—v.t. and v.i. Orien′tāte.—ns. Orientā′tion, the act of turning or state of being turned toward the east, the process of determining the east in taking bearings: the situation of a building relative to the points of the compass: the act of making clear one's position in some matter: the homing instinct, as in pigeons; O′rientātor, an instrument for orientating. [L. oriens, -entis, pr.p. of orīri, to rise.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. orient

    1. The subconscious part of the Occident. 2. The cradle of all infamies and all wisdom. 3. A place where God and the house have an esoteric meaning.

Anagrams for orient »

  1. tonier, trione

  2. tonier

  3. trione


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of orient in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of orient in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Greenleaf Whittier:

    Of all that Orient lands can vaunt, of marvels with our own competing, the strangest is the Haschish plant, and what will follow on its eating.

  2. Peace Council:

    This diverse committee of activists provides grassroots education and generates political pressure needed to re-orient US policy toward a just peace in the Middle East.

  3. Chief Executive Travis Kalanick:

    The key for (us in) China is to move fast, if we launch in the U.S. and then it gets copied in China, we'll be behind. So we're starting to orient some of our innovation at China first.

  4. Celene Perez:

    What is also significant is that Warehouse Workers Resource Center applies to temp workers as well as direct employers. The complaint made very clear that California Cartage and Orient Tally violated the rights of both workers.

  5. Tom Carter:

    A peek inside the city's many nightspots reveals a Shangri-La-di-da of tiny Shanghai socialites in even tinier outfits dancing provocatively with well-to-do Westerners. But while such sights may draw gasps from some people, the truth is that this kind of thing is nothing new for Shanghai, the Orient's original opium-den of iniquity.

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