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
  1. verb
    orient once again, after a disorientation
    synonyms: reorientate
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    type of:
    orient, orientate
    determine one's position with reference to another point
  2. verb
    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
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    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  3. verb
    cause to turn
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    cause to tilt
    tip laterally
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    cause to move around or rotate
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