Definition of disorientate in English:



[with object]often as adjective disorientated
  • 1British Cause (someone) to lose their sense of direction.

    ‘when he emerged into the street he was totally disorientated’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And after years of lost post and disorientated visitors, it seems the residents may finally have their way.’
    • ‘I know you tend to get lost in the airport but I'm as disorientated as you are.’
    • ‘The practice staff have nurtured Princess back to health and they are sure she must have been disorientated and lost her way.’
    • ‘When you wake up from such a short sleep you are really disorientated and don't know where 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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Perhaps he was disorientated and never went to the railway station at all.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The lack of any illumination surprised and disorientated him.’
    • ‘When he finally regained full consciousness, he was temporarily disorientated by his surroundings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Space couldn't have disorientated me more than this warm fog.’
    • ‘Sweat dripped down her brow and the darkness disorientated her.’
    • ‘Debb led her through a maze of corridors, up stairs, through rooms, as if trying to confuse or disorientate her.’
    • ‘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 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
    1. 1.1Make (someone) feel confused.
      ‘being near him made her feel weak and disorientated’
      • ‘It's been so long since I've had a day where I had nothing to do except please myself that I felt a little confused and disorientated.’
      • ‘Very often these patients can be confused and disorientated and can lash out and hospital security staff need to get involved.’
      • ‘Confused and disorientated, they struggle to comprehend the bewildering party decrees of revolutionary achievements and industrial progress.’
      • ‘When a child is lost or injured, we all know that every second counts and under the obvious stress and strain, parents can become confused and disorientated.’
      • ‘The workers' movement was confused and disorientated.’
      • ‘You need to be deeply confused, profoundly disorientated, or in this case, faced with a simple point, miss it completely.’
      • ‘The images it provides are disorientating, its stories confused.’
      • ‘The aim is to disorientate and confuse the suspects, as they face a barrage of questions about their activities in Afghanistan and elsewhere.’
      • ‘I feel like I've been abducted by aliens, so confusing and disorientating has my life become.’
      • ‘He was disorientated and tried to call for help but no one heard him.’
      • ‘When this started a few years ago I was rather disorientated given that the honest answer would clearly break all the social rules I have just outlined.’
      • ‘I'm disorientated at the moment and a little wrung out.’
      • ‘I'll admit that I found some of them intrusive, but when they didn't happen, I was disorientated and uneasy.’
      • ‘When the latter was over, I was so disorientated from grief that I forgot to take my bag with me from the cinema.’
      • ‘If Peter's drink had been spiked, Dawn believes this may have disorientated him.’
      • ‘When he first came to Britain in 1966, he arrived in Manchester, where he had a job as a junior lecturer, and was totally disorientated by city life.’
      • ‘Mr Lyons' parents, John and Sheila, visited him in the Bridewell and said he was completely disorientated, swaying and slurring his words.’
      • ‘They were solid from the start - yet I was left disorientated for the first few songs.’
      • ‘Even though I was disorientated and shocked that everything was a dream, the look in Frankie's eyes was serious.’
      • ‘The effect disorientated me, so it took me a few seconds to work out what she had said.’
      confused, bewildered, perplexed, nonplussed, at a loss, at sea, all at sea, in a state of confusion, in a muddle