Share this entry

orchestrate Line breaks: or¦ches|trate
Pronunciation: /ˈɔːkɪstreɪt/

Definition of orchestrate in English:

verb

[with object]
1Arrange or score (music) for orchestral performance: the song cycle was stunningly arranged and orchestrated
More 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
Synonyms
2Plan or coordinate the elements of (a situation) to produce a desired effect, especially surreptitiously: the situation has been orchestrated by a tiny minority
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
organize, arrange, put together, plan, set up, bring about, manage, mobilize, mount, stage, stage-manage, mastermind, choreograph, coordinate, direct, engineer
rareconcert

Derivatives

orchestrator

1
noun
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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with orchestrate

exfiltrate • magistrate

Definition of orchestrate in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources