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orient to (something)

1. To position someone, something, or oneself toward some point, landmark, direction, or location. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "orient" and "to." Growing up, I always new to orient myself to the mountains to the west if I needed to know a compass direction. The front of the house is oriented to the sunrise, so the back of the house always faces the sun when it sets.
2. To be positioned so as to be facing some point, landmark, direction, or location. The master bedroom is oriented to the sea, so you can see the water the moment you wake up. The mountain amphitheater is oriented to the southeast so that it looks over the town below it.
3. To familiarize someone, something, or oneself with some information or situation; to help someone, something, or oneself adjust or become acclimated to some new information or situation. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "orient" and "to." I'm going to have you shadow Martha for the first two weeks. She'll orient you to the way the office runs. I hate having to orient myself to a different operating system when I use someone else's computer.
4. To be or become familiar with, adjusted to, or acclimated to some new information or situation. Don't overload him with work until he has oriented to the new role.
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orient someone to something

 
1. Lit. to help someone locate a compass direction or other similar location. Try to orient Karen to the light so I can photograph her. It took time, but I oriented myself to north at last.
2. Fig. to help someone adjust to something, a position, or a relationship. Will you please orient Bill to our routine? She found it difficult to orient herself to the new procedures.
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orient to

v.
1. To position something or someone with respect to a point or system of reference: We oriented the telescope to the southern parts of the sky. The tent's opening is oriented to the sunlight.
2. To make someone familiar with something, as facts, principles, or a situation: I oriented the staff to the new computer system.
3. To become familiar with something, as facts, principles, or a situation: The rookie needs time to orient to the schedule.
4. To focus something on some topic or on the interests of some group: We should orient our meeting to any new problems that have arisen since last week. The afterschool program is oriented to elementary school students.
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Speaking at the same news conference, Orient President Hisashi Kanai traced the decision to sell the Orico Life shares to Prudential to Orient's desire to concentrate on its traditional consumer credit business.
But the sale will not signal a full retreat from the insurance business, because Orient will continue to arrange for its branches to act as agents to help Orico Life sell policies, Kanai said.
But the insurer's parent, Orient, racked up a group net loss of 160 billion yen in fiscal 1999 because it disposed of 400 billion yen in bad loans outstanding to corporate borrowers.
Orient had devised a plan for fiscal 2001 under which it envisions disposing of an additional 50 billion yen in bad loans.
Despite the similarity in their names, the American Orient Express has nothing to do with the Venice-Simplon Orient Express luxury train that runs between London and Venice, although both have borrowed the Orient Express name from the original early-20th Century European luxury train.
The American Orient Express is operated by TCS Expeditions, a Seattle tour operator that specializes in unusual deluxe tours, among them around-the-world tours by private jet, icebreaker voyages through the Arctic, the Nostalgic Istanbul Orient Express from Beijing to Moscow and the Anatolian Express from Istanbul to Damascus.
Photo (1--Color) Travelers on the American Orient Express can relax in art deco club cars.
5% due to a high level of commissions received by Arab Orient.
This is subject to Arab Orient raising its capital base to JOD 10 million (USD 14 million) during 2006 (from the current level of JOD 5 million (USD 7 million)) and its net premium growing at an approximate rate of 10% each year in 2006 and 2007.