Definition of disorientate in US English:



  • another term for disorient
    • ‘Sweat dripped down her brow and the darkness disorientated her.’
    • ‘You are totally disorientated but are told to keep focusing on the red dot, then at the spot vacated by the red dot when it's switched off.’
    • ‘Fog is a regular feature on the shoreline and walkers are easily disorientated by the shifting weather conditions and many have fallen foul of the sands.’
    • ‘The practice staff have nurtured Princess back to health and they are sure she must have been disorientated and lost her way.’
    • ‘The lack of any illumination surprised and disorientated him.’
    • ‘I was disorientated but made my way to the bathroom where I started haemoraging from my nose and nearly collapsed.’
    • ‘He was disorientated at the sudden time change and growling darkly at the thought of the jet lag he was going to have for the next few weeks.’
    • ‘However his enthusiasm soon waned when he became disorientated by the black and white print map.’
    • ‘Debb led her through a maze of corridors, up stairs, through rooms, as if trying to confuse or disorientate her.’
    • ‘The Carlow girl explained that for almost three days afterwards she was disorientated, experiencing cold and hot sweats and had bruises all over her body from where her friends had tried to keep her standing.’
    • ‘And after years of lost post and disorientated visitors, it seems the residents may finally have their way.’
    • ‘When you wake up from such a short sleep you are really disorientated and don't know where you are.’
    • ‘When he finally regained full consciousness, he was temporarily disorientated by his surroundings.’
    • ‘Perhaps he was disorientated and never went to the railway station at all.’
    • ‘Space couldn't have disorientated me more than this warm fog.’
    • ‘I know you tend to get lost in the airport but I'm as disorientated as you are.’
    • ‘To be honest it's no time at all before I'm completely disorientated and it's only thanks to David literally dragging me around that we make it from one underwater location to another.’
    • ‘But the smouldering bed linen would have given off cyanide fumes which, in addition to the alcohol, would have confused and disorientated Mr Cartledge, Mr Hinchliff concluded.’
    • ‘The one time we tried this, he was disorientated and reacted so violently that we decided it was in his best interest to be nursed at home.’
    • ‘The maze of twisting country lanes which surrounded the farm and connected it to the numerous villages and small towns nearby was confusing and disorientating.’
    confused, bewildered, perplexed, nonplussed, at a loss, at sea, all at sea, in a state of confusion, in a muddle
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