Definition of orchestrate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈôrkəˌstrāt/


[with object]
1Arrange or score (music) for orchestral performance.
Example sentences
  • 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: /-ˌstrātər/
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: or·ches·trate

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