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disorient

dis·o·ri·ent

disorient

 
pronunciation:
dIs o ri ent
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: disoriented, disorienting, disorients
definition 1: to cause to lose one's bearings or sense of direction.
definition 2: to cause mental confusion in; distort one's perceptions, sense of identity, or the like.
similar words:
dizzy
derivation: disorientation (n.)
Word Parts
The word disorient contains the following part:
dis- Latin prefix that means not; apart; reverse, negate
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The prefix dis- occurs in English attached to Latin roots, as in dissent , but also forms words in English by attaching to verbs (dishearten ) and nouns (disbelief ). dis- has two other forms, as the "s" sound in dis- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms dif- and di-3.
synonyms:
de-, un-