July 27, 2013
- orient (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 a : to cause to face toward the east b : to set or arrange in a definite position especially in relation to the points of the compass2 : to acquaint with a situation or environment3 : to direct towards the interests or subject of : relate
- How do you use it?
- The movie was oriented towards younger audiences.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which of the sentences below uses "orient" correctly?You're going in the right direction if you chose D! "Orient" is a transitive verb, which means that it always takes an object. That means that Answers B and C are not correct, since they both use "orient" as an intransitive verb (that is, a verb that does not take an object). Answer A is confusing "orienting" with "orienteering," a noun which refers to a race where the participants use a map and compass to move from point to point. Answer D, the correct answer, uses sense 2 of "orient" above.