verb (used with or without object), or·ches·trat·ed, or·ches·trat·ing.
- to compose or arrange (music) for performance by an orchestra.
- to arrange or manipulate, especially by means of clever or thorough planning or maneuvering: to orchestrate a profitable trade agreement.
- to score or arrange (a piece of music) for orchestra
- to arrange, organize, or build up for special or maximum effect
v.“to compose or arrange (music) for an orchestra,” 1855, back-formation from orchestration. The figurative sense is attested from 1883. Related: Orchestrated; orchestrating.