transitive verb Etymology: French désorienter, from dés- dis- + orienter to orient Date: 1655 1. a. to cause to lose bearings ; displace from normal position or relationship b. to cause to lose the sense of time, place, or identity 2. confuse

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  • disorient — disorient, disorientate Both verbs have a long history (disorient being first recorded in 1655, disorientate in 1704) and both are still in use meaning ‘to confuse (someone) as to whereabouts’. In most contexts disorient, being shorter, is… …   Modern English usage

  • Disorient — Dis*o ri*ent, v. t. 1. To turn away from the east; to confuse as to which way is east; to cause to lose one s bearings. [R.] Bp. Warburton. [1913 Webster] 2. to cause (a person) to lose one s sense of direction; to cause to lose one s bearings or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disorient — I verb abash, baffle, befuddle, bewilder, confound, dement, derange, disarrange, discompose, disconcert, dislocate, dislodge, disorder, disorganize, distract, disturb, fluster, impair, invert, make havoc, misdirect, mislay, mislead, misplace,… …   Law dictionary

  • disorient — 1650s, from Fr. désorienter to cause to lose one s bearings, lit. to turn from the east, from dés (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + orienter (see ORIENT (Cf. orient) (v.)). Related: Disoriented; disorienting …   Etymology dictionary

  • disorient — [dis ôr′ēən tāt΄, dis′ôr′ēən tāt΄] vt. disorientated, disorientating [dis ôr′ē ent΄] vt. [Fr désorienter: see DIS & ORIENT, vt.] 1. to turn away from the east: see ORIENT (vt. 1 & 2) …   English World dictionary

  • disorient — UK [dɪsˈɔːrɪənt] / US [dɪsˈɔrɪənt] verb [transitive] Word forms disorient : present tense I/you/we/they disorient he/she/it disorients present participle disorienting past tense disoriented past participle disoriented American to disorientate… …   English dictionary

  • disorient — dis|o|ri|ent [ dıs ɔriənt ] verb transitive 1. ) to make someone confused about where they are or what direction they are moving in 2. ) to make someone unable to think clearly or make sensible decisions: The fame that did come his way only… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • disorient — disorientate [dɪsˈɔːriənˌteɪt] or disorient [dɪsˈɔːriənt] verb [T] to make someone confused about where they are or what direction they are moving in disorientation [dɪsˌɔːriənˈteɪʃ(ə)n] noun [U] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • disorient — /dis awr ee ent , ohr /, v.t. 1. to cause to lose one s way: The strange streets disoriented him. 2. to confuse by removing or obscuring something that has guided a person, group, or culture, as customs, moral standards, etc.: Society has been… …   Universalium

  • disorient — verb /dɪsˈɔːɹiənt/ a) To cause to lose orientation or direction. b) To confuse or befuddle …   Wiktionary

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