“Orient” and “orientate” are both verbs that mean “to position yourself” in a particular situation or environment. “Orient” as a noun refers to countries in the eastern hemisphere, particularly Asian countries, and the original meaning of the verb orient was to position yourself facing the east towards the rising sun.
In today’s common meaning of the verb orient, you can use either orient or orientate as they both mean the same thing. It is really personal preference, although our friends across the pond in the UK prefer “orientate”, while we here in the US prefer “orient”.
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