orient to (something)

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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

orient to

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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He speculates that cells bearing RGM form one of two chemical gradients that sprouting retinal axons use to orient themselves. Bonhoeffer and his colleagues have used labeled antibodies to show that RGM levels increase steadily from the front to the back of an animal's optic tectum.
From outside the building, the main concourse is visible through a full-height glass opening that allows visitors to orient themselves before they enter.
But thanks to a political storm in Washington, scientists haven't been able to post an emergency update to the World Magnetic Model, which cell phone GPS systems and military navigators use to orient themselves. Roughly half of staffers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which hosts the model and publishes related software, are furloughed due to the ongoing partial government shutdown, now in its 26th day.
The sun that tells the time, the moon that marks the seasons, and the stars by which earthlings can orient themselves, all those will falter.
Birds' navigational methods have always been a mystery to scientists who constantly ponder over questions such as how these winged creatures orient themselves, fly tens of hundreds of miles across the globe, or come back just at the right place.
The book flows at an amazingly quick pace and includes a map to help readers orient themselves to his location.
HYDERABAD -- The speakers in concluding ceremony of 3-day workshop on 'Research Methodology and Academic Writing' have emphasized the need for university faculty to orient themselves with basic as well as latest trends in research for their career development and social uplift.
Manama: The Special Forces for the security of the Grand Mosque in Makkah have denied reports of an incident next to Kaaba, the sacred site towards which Muslims orient themselves during the five daily prayers.