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oriented Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb be oriented
    orient; point.
    • The weather vane points North
    • the dancers toes pointed outward
  2. verb determine one's position with reference to another point
    orientate; orient.
    • We had to orient ourselves in the forest
  3. verb cause to point
    • Orient the house towards the West
  4. verb familiarize (someone) with new surroundings or circumstances
    • The dean of students tries to orient the freshmen
  5. verb adjust to a specific need or market
    tailor; orient.
    • a magazine oriented towards young people
    • tailor your needs to your surroundings
  6. 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