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Oriented vs. Orientated

Both orienting and orientating seem to be in common use. Is there any difference in meaning or usage? Is orientating just a common misspelling?

  • Yep , pretty much a dulicate, in my defense I did search before posting, but only for orienting and orientating, so it did not show up. Cheers
    – HMcG
    Jul 4, 2011 at 18:58
  • No worries! This post will link others to the answer if they do the same thing as you :)
    – Kosmonaut
    Jul 4, 2011 at 19:04

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Just as orientate is another term for orient, orientating is another term for orienting, as far as I am aware.


I think orientate is a back-formation from orientation, although orient is more grammatical.

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