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ORIENTATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does orientation mean? 

ORIENTATION (noun)
  The noun ORIENTATION has 6 senses:

1. the act of orienting
2. an integrated set of attitudes and beliefs
3. position or alignment relative to points of the compass or other specific directions
4. a predisposition in favor of something
5. a person's awareness of self with regard to position and time and place and personal relationships
6. a course introducing a new situation or environment

  Familiarity information: ORIENTATION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


ORIENTATION (noun)


Sense 1orientation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of orienting

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

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

emplacement; locating; location; placement; position; positioning (the act of putting something in a certain place)


Sense 2orientation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An integrated set of attitudes and beliefs

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

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

attitude; mental attitude (a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "orientation"):

wavelength (a shared orientation leading to mutual understanding)

religious orientation (an attitude toward religion or religious practices)

ideology; political orientation; political theory (an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation)

heresy; heterodoxy; unorthodoxy (any opinions or doctrines at variance with the official or orthodox position)

orthodoxy (a belief or orientation agreeing with conventional standards)

perspective; position; view (a way of regarding situations or topics etc.)

reorientation (a fresh orientation; a changed set of attitudes and beliefs)

experimentalism (an orientation that favors experimentation and innovation)


Sense 3orientation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Position or alignment relative to points of the compass or other specific directions

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

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

direction (the spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves)

Attribute:

horizontal (parallel to or in the plane of the horizon or a base line)

perpendicular; vertical (at right angles to the plane of the horizon or a base line)

inclined (at an angle to the horizontal or vertical position)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "orientation"):

attitude (position of aircraft or spacecraft relative to a frame of reference (the horizon or direction of motion))

horizontal (something that is oriented horizontally)

vertical (something that is oriented vertically)

quarter (one of the four major division of the compass)


Sense 4orientation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A predisposition in favor of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

predilection; preference; orientation

Context examples:

a predilection for expensive cars / his sexual preferences / showed a Marxist orientation

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

predisposition (an inclination beforehand to interpret statements in a particular way)


Sense 5orientation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person's awareness of self with regard to position and time and place and personal relationships

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

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

self-awareness (awareness of your own individuality)


Sense 6orientation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A course introducing a new situation or environment

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

orientation course; orientation

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

class; course; course of instruction; course of study (education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings)


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