orientation Definition

  • 1the determination of the relative position of something or someone (especially oneself)
  • 2a course introducing a new situation or environment
  • 3the act of orienting someone or something

Using orientation: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "orientation" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The orientation of the map is towards the north.

  • Example

    The orientation program for new students will be held next week.

  • Example

    The company provides an orientation to new employees.

  • Example

    He had to undergo a period of orientation before starting his new job.

orientation Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for orientation

Idioms Using orientation

  • get one's bearings

    to become familiar with one's surroundings or situation


    After a few days in the new city, she finally got her bearings and started to feel more comfortable.

  • to give someone the correct information or guidance to succeed


    The mentor put the new employee on the right track by providing helpful tips and advice.

  • lose one's way

    to become confused or disoriented and not know what to do next


    Without a map, it's easy to lose your way in this part of the forest.

Phrases with orientation

  • a person's sexual identity in relation to the gender to which they are attracted


    She was open about her sexual orientation and identified as bisexual.

  • the process of learning about and adapting to the customs, beliefs, and social norms of a particular culture


    The cultural orientation program helped the immigrants adjust to their new country.

  • the process of exploring and choosing a career path


    The school offers career orientation services to help students make informed decisions about their future.

Origins of orientation

from French 'orientation', from 'orienter' meaning 'to orient'


Summary: orientation in Brief

The term 'orientation' [ˌɔːriənˈteɪʃn] refers to the determination of position or direction, as well as the introduction to a new situation or environment. It can also denote the act of orienting someone or something. Examples include 'The orientation of the map is towards the north,' and 'The company provides an orientation to new employees.' Phrases like 'sexual orientation' and 'cultural orientation' refer to a person's sexual identity and the process of adapting to a new culture, respectively. Idioms like 'get one's bearings' and 'put someone on the right track' describe becoming familiar with one's surroundings and receiving helpful guidance.

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