Definition of orchestrate in US English:



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  • 1Arrange or score (music) for orchestral performance.

    • ‘I believe Bloch also orchestrated it, and it shows up once in a blue moon on concert programs.’
    • ‘And yet even here Gould does not merely orchestrate hymns.’
    • ‘Among its new product features is Arrange, a function enabling the use of artificial intelligence to arrange and orchestrate music automatically.’
    • ‘There is no doubt that the singing and the rest of the score are beautifully performed and orchestrated.’
    • ‘Barber's skill in assembling and orchestrating this 17-minute work is beyond question.’
    • ‘Two years later, ten weeks before his death, Mozart told his wife he was orchestrating the rondo finale for his friend Anton’
    • ‘Gloria is not only a multi-instrumentalist (she plays violin and piano) but she also arranges and orchestrates all the music of Rua.’
    • ‘Now the question is whether Scheid can orchestrate a winning score for Janus.’
    • ‘It was set to five piano pieces orchestrated by Glazunov and unlike the final version was Polish rather than Romantic in character.’
    • ‘In my continuing education I learned that Mendelssohn orchestrated the scherzo of his octet.’
    • ‘It's well co-ordinated and the instrumentation is brilliantly orchestrated.’
    • ‘It is a way of gauging the sophistication with which Newman evoked specific times and places when he orchestrated and arranged the finished tracks.’
    • ‘Later, he orchestrated the piece which is the one we hear in this recording.’
    • ‘RUA are Liz Madden and Gloria Mulhall who compose, arrange, orchestrate, produce and perform all their own music.’
    • ‘At least, listening to his account, a composer would probably know how to go about orchestrating the work.’
    • ‘What it does have is a collection of pop songs that are decently orchestrated and fleshed out with dense instrumentation.’
    • ‘He originally scored it for electronic sound and Andy Meyers orchestrated it two months ago.’
    • ‘I spent more time orchestrating my next score than looking for work.’
    • ‘And, if Webern could orchestrate Bach, then why not let Poppen orchestrate Webern?’
    • ‘Three of the works have been orchestrated by Panula himself to good effect.’
    arrange, adapt, score
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  • 2Arrange or direct the elements of (a situation) to produce a desired effect, especially surreptitiously.

    ‘the developers were able to orchestrate a favorable media campaign’
    • ‘Almost every call was less about chatting than about arranging and orchestrating the logistics of family and home life.’
    • ‘Remember that the Divine has a keen sense of rhythm in helping to orchestrate your life.’
    • ‘The organisation had been poised to benefit from a massive campaign orchestrated by the Daily Record.’
    • ‘And they have a slightly alternative soundtrack to which they orchestrate their moves.’
    • ‘Rozema skillfully orchestrates all of these elements together, and the result is a richly textured, entertaining and impressive debut.’
    • ‘Irwin is credited with orchestrating the successful campaign last year that returned Marolt to office after a four-year hiatus.’
    • ‘He also orchestrates the hourlong setup, plus the sound check and break down.’
    • ‘Marian Maloney Higgins, head of the hairdressing college is orchestrating the hair style element of the show.’
    • ‘Busby was originally accused of orchestrating a hoax letter-bomb campaign against English people living in Scotland in the mid-1990s.’
    • ‘Edmunds has orchestrated several campaigns for Mr Baildon but this one has a new flavour.’
    • ‘To boost revenue, Pyott is orchestrating a major shift in the company's product mix.’
    • ‘Nick's maid, Betty Pearce, was the one who had helped him orchestrate his plans in the first place, and she was now to be Nora's personal attendant.’
    • ‘Both leaders played a major part in orchestrating the EU's pledge at the Lisbon summit in March to copy US-style labour market flexibility.’
    • ‘The Federal Government denies it's been orchestrating a smear campaign.’
    • ‘George's desires are subsequently orchestrated with terrifying precision.’
    • ‘The chairman of a credit union that fired its two managers for misconduct has been accused of orchestrating a campaign to blacken their names.’
    • ‘Phoenix needs its maestro to orchestrate its attack, especially with Cassell on the other side.’
    • ‘It's a bit disturbing that I was laughing hysterically at a leader who's orchestrating the death of thousands, including our own people.’
    • ‘The combatants so far proved incapable of ending the civil war, working toward rebuilding the civic and state institutions and orchestrating a comprehensive plan for rehabilitation.’
    • ‘There are a number of firms in Washington whose business it is to orchestrate phony letter writing campaigns on behalf of pricey clients.’
    organize, arrange, put together, plan, set up, bring about, manage, mobilize, mount, stage, stage-manage, mastermind, choreograph, coordinate, direct, engineer
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Late 19th century: from orchestra, perhaps suggested by French orchestrer.