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Etymology: L, oriens, rising sun
1 to make someone aware of new surroundings, including people and their roles; the layout of a facility; and its routines, rules, and services. New patients are oriented to a hospital, as are new staff to a hospital unit.
2 to help a person become aware of a situation or simply of reality, such as when a patient recovers from anesthesia. orientation, n., oriented, adj.