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
  1. adjective
    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”
    synonyms: orientated
    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
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    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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