orientarse
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orientarse(
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A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
1. (to determine one's position)
a. to get one's bearings
Se cortó la luz, pero el portero pudo orientarse y salió del edificio.The power went out, but the super managed to get his bearings and leave the building.
b. to find one's way around
El niño que se extravió en el bosque finalmente se orientó y regresó a su casa.The child who got lost in the woods finally found his way around and walked home.
c. to orient oneself
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
El líder de la caravana se orientaba observando las estrellas.The caravan leader oriented himself by observing the stars.
d. to orientate oneself (United Kingdom)
No me pude orientar ni con un mapa ni con una brújula.Even with a map and a compass I couldn't orientate myself.
2. (to change position; used with "hacia")
a. to point at
Los cañones se orientaron hacia la fortaleza.The cannons pointed at the fortress.
b. to turn towards
Los girasoles se orientaron hacia el sol.The sunflowers turned towards the sun.
3. (to opt for; used with "a", "hacia," or "por")
a. to go in for
Yo estudié economía, pero mi hermano se orientó por la política.I studied economy, but my brother went in for politics.
b. to tend towards
El presidente se orienta más a la derecha que a la izquierda.The president tends more towards the right than the left.
orientar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to aim)
a. to position
Orienta la luz del reflector al portón de entrada.Position the spotlight towards the entrance gate.
b. to point
Elena orientó la cámara hacia los espectadores.Elena pointed the camera towards the audience.
c. to orient
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Para tener señal, orienta la antena al norte.To get a signal, orient the antenna toward the north.
d. to orientate (United Kingdom)
El piloto orientó la nave hacia el sur.The pilot orientated the plane towards the south.
5. (to help)
a. to guide
El ayudante de cátedra me orientó en mi investigación.The adjunct professor guided me in my research.
b. to give guidance
Recurrió a un yogui para que la orientara en su transformación espiritual.She reached a yogi to give her guidance in her spiritual transformation.
c. to orient
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
El director orientó al nuevo alumno hacia su aula.The principal oriented the new student to his classroom.
d. to orientate (United Kingdom)
El índice está para orientar al lector.The index helps to orientate the reader.
6. (to focus)
a. to direct
Orientaremos todo nuestro esfuerzo a crear un futuro mejor.We will direct all our efforts towards creating a better future.
7. (nautical)
a. to trim
¡Rápido! ¡Orienta las velas para aprovechar el viento!Hurry! Trim the sails to the wind!
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orientar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (dirigir)
a. to direct
mi ventana está orientada hacia el surmy window faces south o is south-facing
2. (aconsejar)
a. to give advice o guidance to
3. (medidas, fondos)
a.
orientar haciato direct toward o at
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (dirigirse; foco)
a.
orientarse ato point toward o at
5. (encontrar el camino)
a. to get one's bearings, to find one's way around
6. (encaminarse)
a.
orientarse haciato be aiming at
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orientar
transitive verb
1 (situar)
orientar algo hacia o a algo to position sth to face sth; orientaron la parabólica hacia el norte they positioned the satellite dish to face north; they put the satellite dish facing north; la casa está orientada hacia el suroeste the house faces south-west; the house looks south-west
2 (enfocar) to direct
tenemos que orientar nuestros esfuerzos hacia un aumento de la productividad we must direct our efforts towards improving productivity; hay que orientar las investigaciones en otro sentido we shall have to follow a different path of enquiry; cómics orientados a un público adulto comics oriented o targeted at adult readers
3 (guiar) to guide
me ha orientado en la materia he has guided me through the subject; he has given me guidance about the subject
4 (Náutica) [+vela] to trim
pronominal verb
orientarse
1 (encontrar el camino) to get one's bearings
es difícil orientarse en esta ciudad it's hard to get one's bearings in this city; it's hard to find one's way around in this city
2 (tender)
su estilo se orienta hacia lo abstracto his style tends towards the abstract
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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