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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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Defender Edinburgh, who won the FA Cup with Spurs in 1991, led Orient to the National League title this season and the FA Trophy final.
These shareholders now having withdrawn the appeal procedure, the act witnessing the transfer of all the shares of Trans Orient to the benefit of Mercator Transport France Inc., wholly owned subsidiary of Mercator Transport, has now been concluded.
Mizuho is expected to boost its equity stake in Orient to 28.5 percent if the preferred shares it holds in Orient are converted into common shares.
A MATT LOCKWOOD penalty was enough for Leyton Orient to make it three wins from three with a 1-0 victory over Darlington.
Mizuho Financial Group is expected to increase its equity stake in Orient to more than 15 percent in two years' time from the current stake of some 6 percent, the officials said.
Itochu will also obtain 40 million preferred shares for 20 billion yen from Mizuho Corporate Bank, and send executives to Orient to join its management.