Definition of direct verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    direct

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    NAmE//dəˈrɛkt//
     
    , NAmE//daɪˈrɛkt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they direct
     
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    -ing form directing
     
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    aim
  1. 1[transitive] to aim something in a particular direction or at a particular person direct something at something/somebody The machine directs a powerful beam at the affected part of the body. Was that remark directed at me? direct something to/toward something/somebody There are three main issues that we need to direct our attention to. direct something against something/somebody Most of his anger was directed against himself.
  2. control
  3. 2[transitive] direct somebody/something to control or be in charge of someone or something A new manager has been appointed to direct the project. He was asked to take command and direct operations.
  4. movie/play/music
  5. 3 [intransitive, transitive] to be in charge of actors in a play or a movie, or musicians in an orchestra, etc. She prefers to act rather than direct. direct somebody/something The movie was directed by Steven Spielberg. She now directs a large choir.
  6. show the way
  7. 4[transitive] direct somebody (to…) to tell or show someone how to get to somewhere or where to go Could you direct me to the station? A police officer was directing (the) traffic. He was directed to a table beside the window. Thesaurustakelead escort drive show walk guide usher directThese words all mean to go with someone from one place to another.take to go with someone from one place to another, for example in order to show them something or to show them the way to a place:I'll take you to the party tomorrow.lead to go with or go in front of someone in order to show them the way or to make them go in the right direction:Firefighters led the survivors to safety.escort to go with someone in order to protect or guard them or to show them the way:The president was escorted by twelve bodyguards.drive to take someone somewhere in a car, taxi, etc:My mother drove us to the airport.show to take someone to a particular place, in the right direction, or along the correct route:The attendant showed us to our seats.walk to go somewhere with someone on foot, especially in order to make sure that they get there safely; to take an animal, especially a dog, for a walk or make an animal walk somewhere:He always walked her home. Have you walked the dog yet today?guide to show someone the way to a place, often by going with them; to show someone a place that you know well:She guided us through the busy streets. We were guided around the museums.usher (somewhat formal) to politely take or show someone where you want them to be, especially within a building:She ushered her guests to their seats.direct (somewhat formal) to tell or show someone how to get somewhere or where to go:A young woman directed them to the station.Patterns to take/lead/escort/drive/show/walk/guide/usher/direct somebody to/out of/into something to take/lead/escort/drive/show/walk/guide/usher somebody around to take/lead/escort/drive/walk somebody home to take/lead/escort/guide/usher somebody to safety to lead/show the way
  8. give orders
  9. 5 [transitive] (formal) to give an official order synonym order direct somebody to do something The police officers had been directed to search the building. direct that… The judge directed that the mother be given custody of the children. Thesaurusordertell instruct direct commandThese words all mean to use your position of authority to say to someone that they must do something.order to use your position of authority to tell someone to do something:The company was ordered to clean up the pollution in the river. “Come here at once!” she ordered.tell to say to someone that they must or should do something:He was told to sit down and wait. Don't tell me what to do!instruct (somewhat formal) to tell someone to do something, especially in a formal or official way:The letter instructed him to report to headquarters immediately.direct (formal) to give an official order:The police officer directed me to pull over and stop the car.command to use your position of authority to tell someone to do something:He commanded his men to retreat.order or command?Order is a more general word than command and can be used about anyone in a position of authority, such as a parent, teacher, or government, telling someone to do something. Command is slightly stronger than order and is the normal word to use about an army officer giving orders, or in any context where it is normal to give orders without any discussion about them. It is less likely to be used about a parent or teacher.Patterns to order/tell/instruct/direct/command somebody to do something to order/instruct/direct/command that… to do something >as>ordered/told/instructed/directed/commanded
  10. letter/comment
  11. 6[transitive] direct something to… (formal) to send a letter, etc. to a particular place or to a particular person Direct any complaints to the Customer Service department.
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