When you get lost, you can reorient yourself with a compass. Reorient can also be used figuratively. You got off track with your college plans, but now you have reoriented yourself, and you are applying for the fall semester.

The verb reorient has orient as its base. Orient is from the Latin word orientem, which refers to the sun rising in the East. In fact the verb orient meant to face East, so reorient literally means to face East again. Today, reorient is to adjust to new circumstances or positions. The curriculum will reorient student learning goals, but it also means you have to learn the new, new, new math.

Definitions of reorient

v orient once again, after a disorientation

Type of:
orient, orientate
determine one's position with reference to another point

v set or arrange in a new or different determinate position

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adjust, align, aline, line up
place in a line or arrange so as to be parallel or straight
turn or place at an angle
adjust and aim (a golf ball) at in preparation of hitting
synchronise, synchronize
cause to indicate the same time or rate
realign, realine
align anew or better
true, true up
make level, square, balanced, or concentric
adjust the line of sight of (an optical instrument)
concenter, concentre, focalise, focalize, focus
bring into focus or alignment; to converge or cause to converge; of ideas or emotions
Type of:
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v cause to turn

cause to tilt
tip laterally
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cause to move around or rotate

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