orient

When you orient yourself towards something, you point yourself towards it, literally or figuratively.

The Orient is an old-fashioned name for Asia, or the East. It's where the sun rises, and, sure enough, the Latin root of orient means "rising," as in the rising of the sun. If you're lost in the woods, probably the first thing you'd do is look for the sun and try to orient yourself — figure out which direction you need to walk in order to get to where you want to go. You might also take out your orienteering equipment — your compass and map. If the sun isn't out, you might have to settle in and orient yourself to your surroundings and prepare for a long night in the woods.

Primary Meanings of orient

1.
n
the hemisphere that includes Eurasia and Africa and Australia
2.
v
determine one's position with reference to another point
Full Definitions of orient
1

n the hemisphere that includes Eurasia and Africa and Australia

Synonyms:
eastern hemisphere
Type of:
hemisphere
half of the terrestrial globe
2

v determine one's position with reference to another point

“We had to orient ourselves in the forest”
Synonyms:
orientate
Antonyms:
disorient, disorientate
cause to be lost or disoriented
Types:
guide, guide on
use as a guide
reorient, reorientate
orient once again, after a disorientation
Type of:
decide, determine, make up one's mind
reach, make, or come to a decision about something

v be oriented

Synonyms:
point
Type of:
lie
be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position

v cause to point

Types:
stem
cause to point inward
Type of:
position
cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation

v familiarize (someone) with new surroundings or circumstances

“The dean of students tries to orient the freshmen”
Type of:
acquaint, familiarise, familiarize
make familiar or conversant with

v adjust to a specific need or market

“a magazine oriented towards young people”
Synonyms:
tailor
Type of:
accommodate, adapt
make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose

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