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ORIENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Orient mean? 

ORIENT (noun)
  The noun ORIENT has 2 senses:

1. the countries of Asia
2. the hemisphere that includes Eurasia and Africa and Australia

  Familiarity information: ORIENT used as a noun is rare.


ORIENT (adjective)
  The adjective ORIENT has 1 sense:

1. (poetic) eastern

  Familiarity information: ORIENT used as an adjective is very rare.


ORIENT (verb)
  The verb ORIENT has 3 senses:

1. be oriented
2. determine one's position with reference to another point
3. cause to point

  Familiarity information: ORIENT used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ORIENT (noun)


Sense 1Orient [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The countries of Asia

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

Orient; East

Instance hypernyms:

Asia (the nations of the Asian continent collectively)

Meronyms (parts of "Orient"):

Far East (a popular expression for the countries of eastern Asia (usually including China and Mongolia and Taiwan and Japan and Korea and Indochina and eastern Siberia))

Attribute:

eastern (relating to or characteristic of regions of eastern parts of the world)


Sense 2orient [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The hemisphere that includes Eurasia and Africa and Australia

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

eastern hemisphere; orient

Hypernyms ("orient" is a kind of...):

hemisphere (half of the terrestrial globe)

Meronyms (parts of "orient"):

Old World (the regions of the world that were known to Europeans before the discovery of the Americas)

Africa (the second largest continent; located south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean)

Australia (the smallest continent; between the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean)

Eurasia (the land mass formed by the continents of Europe and Asia)


ORIENT (adjective)


Sense 1orient [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(poetic) eastern

Context example:

the orient sun

Similar:

eastern (relating to or characteristic of regions of eastern parts of the world)

Domain category:

poesy; poetry; verse (literature in metrical form)


ORIENT (verb)


Sense 1orient [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be oriented

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

orient; point

Context examples:

The weather vane points North / the dancers toes pointed outward

Hypernyms (to "orient" is one way to...):

lie (be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position)

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP


Sense 2orient [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Determine one's position with reference to another point

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

orientate; orient

Hypernyms (to "orient" is one way to...):

decide; determine; make up one's mind (reach, make, or come to a decision about something)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "orient"):

guide; guide on (use as a guide)

reorient; reorientate (orient once again, after a disorientation)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Antonym:

disorient (cause to be lost or disoriented)


Sense 3orient [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to point

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

Orient the house towards the West

Hypernyms (to "orient" is one way to...):

position (cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation)

Cause:

orient; point (be oriented)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "orient"):

stem (cause to point inward)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something PP


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