To be oriented is to be positioned in a direction relative to something or someplace else, and it's often used with the prepositions "toward" or "away from." In order to find our way home, we should be oriented toward the north.

You can be oriented towards or away from all sorts of things, not only geographic ones. For example, if you like sports, you might be called sports-oriented. If politics is your thing, then you're politically oriented. For millennia, people have used the North Star to orient themselves, because it's always in the same place in the sky.

Definitions of oriented

adj adjusted or located in relation to surroundings or circumstances; sometimes used in combination

“the house had its large windows oriented toward the ocean view”
“helping freshmen become oriented to college life”
“the book is value- oriented throughout”
adjusted, familiarised, familiarized
having achieved a comfortable relation with your environment
bound, destined
headed or intending to head in a certain direction; often used as a combining form as in `college-bound students'
(often used in combination) having a specified direction
having a heading or course in a certain direction
homeward, homeward-bound
oriented toward home
(used in combination) mentally oriented toward something specified
orientating, orienting
positioning with respect to a reference system or determining your bearings physically or intellectually
not having position or goal definitely set or ascertained
alienated, anomic, disoriented
socially disoriented
confused, disoriented, lost
having lost your bearings; confused as to time or place or personal identity
causing loss of physical or intellectual bearings
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