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Definitions for orientation
ˌɔr i ənˈteɪ ʃən, -ɛn-, ˌoʊr-ori·en·ta·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. orientationnoun

    the act of orienting

  2. orientationnoun

    an integrated set of attitudes and beliefs

  3. orientationnoun

    position or alignment relative to points of the compass or other specific directions

  4. predilection, preference, orientationnoun

    a predisposition in favor of something

    "a predilection for expensive cars"; "his sexual preferences"; "showed a Marxist orientation"

  5. orientationnoun

    a person's awareness of self with regard to position and time and place and personal relationships

  6. orientation course, orientationnoun

    a course introducing a new situation or environment


  1. orientationnoun

    The act of orienting or the state of being oriented.

  2. orientationnoun

    A position relative to compass bearings

  3. orientationnoun

    The construction of a Christian church to have its aisle in an east-west direction with the altar at the east end

  4. orientationnoun

    An inclination, tendency or direction

  5. orientationnoun

    The ability to orient

  6. orientationnoun

    An adjustment to a new environment

  7. orientationnoun

    An introduction to a (new) environment

  8. orientationnoun

    The direction of print across the page; landscape or portrait

  9. orientationnoun

    The choice of which ordered bases are "positively" oriented and which are "negatively" oriented on a real vector space


  1. orientation

    Orientation refers to the process of acquiring knowledge and understanding about a specific subject, environment, or situation. It involves familiarizing oneself with important details, concepts, principles, or practices relevant to the topic at hand in order to navigate, adapt, and function effectively within a given context. Orientation can occur in various contexts, including but not limited to, new employee onboarding, academic program introductions, cultural immersion, and personal development activities.


  1. Orientation

    "Orientation" is the third episode of the second season of Lost and the 28th episode overall. The episode was directed by Jack Bender, and written by Javier Grillo-Marxuach and Craig Wright. It first aired on October 5, 2005 on ABC. Jack Shephard, John Locke and Kate Austen learn about the mysterious hatch from Desmond Hume. On the other side of the island, Michael Dawson, James "Sawyer" Ford and Jin-Soo Kwon are imprisoned by people they believe to be the "Others."

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Orientation

    Awareness of oneself in relation to time, place and person.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'orientation' in Nouns Frequency: #2697

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of orientation in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of orientation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of orientation in a Sentence

  1. America President Robert Gates:

    Dozens of states - from New York to Utah - are passing laws that protect employment rights on the basis of sexual orientation, thus, between internal challenges and potential legal conflicts, the Boy Scouts of America finds itself in an unsustainable position.

  2. Tulsi Gabbard:

    Race or religion or orientation, these were things that didn't matter, because we were focused on our mission of serving.

  3. Sepehri Far:

    The idea is that they are not fit for service because of their sexual orientation.

  4. Elie Seidman:

    As our team discussed the ability to add your orientation to your profile and display it, the conversation quickly shifted to focus on how this could put users in some areas at risk. Before rolling out Orientations more widely, we wanted to build an update to address this and work with the experts to do so.

  5. Randolph McLaughlin:

    We clearly need a federal law that will protect sexual orientation claims so that the federal courts won’t have to jump through hoops to do that.

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Translations for orientation

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  • توجيهArabic
  • orienteringDanish
  • OrientierungsvermögenGerman
  • προσανατολισμός, προσαρμογή, κατατοπισμόςGreek
  • orientaciónSpanish
  • orientationFrench
  • उन्मुखीकरणHindi
  • orientáció, betájolás, irány, tájékozódásHungarian
  • oriëntatie, richting, kerkbouwrichting, oriënteringsvermogen, gerichtheid, voorlichting, plaatsbepaling, oriënteringDutch
  • ориентация, установка, наклонность, ориентирование, ориентировка, склонность, размещениеRussian
  • ปฐมนิเทศThai
  • 方向Chinese

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