July 27, 2013
orient (verb)
\OR-ee-ent\ Hear it!
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.
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