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.

Definitions of orient
  1. noun
    the hemisphere that includes Eurasia and Africa and Australia
    synonyms: eastern hemisphere
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    type of:
    hemisphere
    half of the terrestrial globe
  2. verb
    determine one's position with reference to another point
    “We had to orient ourselves in the forest”
    synonyms: orientate
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    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
  3. verb
    be oriented
    synonyms: point
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    type of:
    lie
    be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
  4. verb
    cause to point
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    stem
    cause to point inward
    type of:
    position
    cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation
  5. verb
    familiarize (someone) with new surroundings or circumstances
    “The dean of students tries to orient the freshmen”
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    type of:
    acquaint, familiarise, familiarize
    make familiar or conversant with
  6. verb
    adjust to a specific need or market
    “a magazine oriented towards young people”
    synonyms: tailor
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    type of:
    accommodate, adapt
    make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose
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