Definition of orchestrate in English:


Syllabification: or·ches·trate
Pronunciation: /ˈôrkiˌstrāt


[with object]
  • 1Arrange or score (music) for orchestral performance.
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    • Among its new product features is Arrange, a function enabling the use of artificial intelligence to arrange and orchestrate music automatically.
    • Gloria is not only a multi-instrumentalist (she plays violin and piano) but she also arranges and orchestrates all the music of Rua.
    • Two years later, ten weeks before his death, Mozart told his wife he was orchestrating the rondo finale for his friend Anton
  • 2Arrange or direct the elements of (a situation) to produce a desired effect, especially surreptitiously: the developers were able to orchestrate a favorable media campaign
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    • The combatants so far proved incapable of ending the civil war, working toward rebuilding the civic and state institutions and orchestrating a comprehensive plan for rehabilitation.
    • Marian Maloney Higgins, head of the hairdressing college is orchestrating the hair style element of the show.
    • Rozema skillfully orchestrates all of these elements together, and the result is a richly textured, entertaining and impressive debut.
    organize, arrange, plan, set up, bring about, mobilize, mount, stage, stage-manage, mastermind, coordinate, direct, engineer, choreograph



Pronunciation: /ˌôrkəˈstrāSHən/
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  • But I have to say, that it's thanks to director James Foley's orchestration that the film is worth seeing.
  • It wasn't a reaction against the previous album and those big, lush orchestrations - I simply wanted to do something different.
  • Pakie Tynan, from Irishtown, was our instructor and he used to show us how to read the various parts in the orchestrations.


Pronunciation: /-ˌstrātər/
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  • As early as 1946, Henderson was one of the orchestrators of Beggar's Holiday, the only Ellington musical produced on Broadway.
  • Murderers, let alone orchestrators of genocide, are different.
  • I don't mean the big-name celebrities, the deluded orchestrators behind it all.


late 19th century: from orchestra, perhaps suggested by French orchestrer.

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