Definition of reorient in English:



  • 1 Change the focus or direction of.

    ‘the country began reorienting its economic and social policies in 1988’
    • ‘The lack of opposition to the establishment of sea control has permitted the few large and powerful navies to reorient their focuses in a landward direction.’
    • ‘This in turn requires doing everything possible to attract inward investment and to reorient economic activity towards production for export.’
    • ‘Hollywood and the media promote positive images of older people, but it would be surprising if society's stereotypes of beauty were to be reoriented towards images of old age.’
    • ‘Now he just had to reorient the craft toward the lab, and wait for twenty minutes.’
    • ‘Having won the ‘lunar race,’ the Americans reoriented their space program toward creation and operation of long-term orbital stations.’
    • ‘He is also reorienting acquisition policy toward individual works, as opposed to the absorption of entire collections, which typically arrive with strings attached.’
    • ‘Changes in training have to be made to reorient the focus of both disciplines.’
    • ‘They prayed towards Jerusalem, until Muhammad had a revelation reorienting the faithful towards Mecca.’
    • ‘Theoretically, this angle can lengthen a contracted scar by about 75 percent and reorient the direction of the central wound by 90 degrees.’
    • ‘Therefore, the United States and the international community may have to rethink their policies, reorienting them toward Africa in a way that reflects the current security dynamics in the region.’
    • ‘It is imperative to reorient the German political model more firmly toward the middle classes, the active, relatively well-educated and well-situated majority.’
    • ‘Higher education was reoriented toward the socialist bloc, and students went to study in Vietnam, the Soviet Union, and other Eastern Bloc countries.’
    • ‘Would it be friendly to the United States and willing to reorient foreign policy in a Western direction, or would nationalism resurface?’
    • ‘Changes in governmental policies and initiatives and a severe economic crisis may have reoriented motivations toward altruistic or mutually beneficial agreements.’
    • ‘It is important that we rethink the roles and missions of the Guard and reorient them towards being more helpful and fuller partners in this effort of providing homeland security.’
    • ‘By then the Editorial Board had been reoriented towards other countries and transport modes, although traditional topics and Britain remained central.’
    • ‘Taken together, these developments led to a debate at the time of this research regarding the need to reorient the forest service toward a public service role with a constituency that would prominently include small farmers.’
    • ‘The social worker at the centre provides the input for reorienting their lives.’
    • ‘With the shift of the film industry's attention away from serving the party as its propaganda tool to surviving in the commercial marketplace, the film industry had to reorient its production toward the sources of profits.’
    • ‘Reducing access to credit as a means of preventing overextension, of course, risks reorienting policy towards the paternalistic practices of the past.’
    1. 1.1Find one's position again in relation to one's surroundings.
      ‘slowly they advanced, stopping every so often and then reorienting themselves’