V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to organize or plan something (for a desired effect); 2. to arrange or compose music for an orchestra

Synonyms: organize, coordinate, facilitate, plan, mastermind, harmonize, symphonize, integrate, compose


Tips: Orchestrate is often used in reference to a complex undertaking, and often (though not always) used in a negative sense, as when referring to a dishonest scheme. Think of how the music of an orchestra must be well organized, or it would sound chaotic. To orchestrate something is to carefully plan it. The related noun orchestration refers to the plan itself.

Usage Examples:

James orchestrated the plan for a hostile takeover of his company’s main competitor. (masterminded)

The event was carefully orchestrated to make sure everything went as smoothly as possible. (coordinated, planned)

The public relations ploy to draw attention away from the negative news was an impressive orchestration in damage control. (organized plan) noun

The composer was asked to orchestrate a new musical piece to be used in the movie. (compose)

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