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direct
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1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) by Orwell
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as in: directed the movie Define
supervise or administer (often while giving directions or orders)
  • It was O’Brien who was directing everything. ... It was he who decided when Winston should scream with pain, when he should have a respite, when he should be fed, when he should sleep, when the drugs should be pumped into his arm.
  • And somewhere or other, quite anonymous, there were the directing brains who co-ordinated the whole effort and laid down the lines of policy which made it necessary that this fragment of the past should be preserved, that one falsified, and the other rubbed out of existence.

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  • It is a problem of continuously moulding the consciousness both of the directing group and of the larger executive group that lies immediately below it.
  • The primary aim of modern warfare (in accordance with the principles of doublethink, this aim is simultaneously recognized and not recognized by the directing brains of the Inner Party) is to use up the products of the machine without raising the general standard of living.

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  • She directed the move.
  • She directs our organization.

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as in: was direct in my instructions Define
straightforward (clear and explicit -- perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
  • As they walked back across the grass, she looked directly at him for the first time.
  • All subsequent crimes against the Party, all treacheries, acts of sabotage, heresies, deviations, sprang directly out of his teaching.

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  • This again was never put into plain words, but in an indirect way it was rubbed into every Party member from childhood onwards.
  • Most of the material that you were dealing with had no connexion with anything in the real world, not even the kind of connexion that is contained in a direct lie.
  • The relief of seeing her was so great that he could not resist staring directly at her for several seconds.
  • There was a direct intimate connexion between chastity and political orthodoxy.
  • This was necessary, because except by direct enquiry it was never possible to discover where anyone lived.
  • In so far as the war has a direct economic purpose, it is a war for labour power.
  • ...and moreover, any country which remained industrially backward was helpless in a military sense and was bound to be dominated, directly or indirectly, by its more advanced rivals.
  • Every success, every achievement, every victory, every scientific discovery, all knowledge, all wisdom, all happiness, all virtue, are held to issue directly from his leadership and inspiration.

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  • Newspeak was designed not to extend but to diminish the range of thought, and this purpose was indirectly assisted by cutting the choice of words down to a minimum.
  • O’Brien made no direct answer.
  • It systematically undermines the solidarity of the family, and it calls its leader by a name which is a direct appeal to the sentiment of family loyalty.
  • Instead of anything directly connected with O’Brien or the Brotherhood, there came into his mind a sort of composite picture of the dark bedroom where his mother had spent her last days, and the little room over Mr Charrington’s shop, and the glass paperweight, and the steel engraving in its rosewood frame.
  • It conflicted with the tendency towards mechanization which had become quasi-instinctive throughout almost the whole world, and moreover, any country which remained industrially backward was helpless in a military sense and was bound to be dominated, directly or indirectly, by its more advanced rivals.
  • Its vocabulary was so constructed as to give exact and often very subtle expression to every meaning that a Party member could properly wish to express, while excluding all other meanings and also the possibility of arriving at them by indirect methods.

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  • I left them with direct instructions.
  • She is easy to work with. She is direct in her communications and expectations.

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as in: directed the jury to... Define
give instructions or commands (directions that must be followed)
  • ...then a rumour flew round that spies were directing the rocket bombs by means of wireless waves, and an old couple who were suspected of being of foreign extraction had their house set on fire and perished of suffocation.

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  • On the SAT test, some questions direct you to look at an underlined or numbered portion of a passage.
  • The judge directed the jury to ignore the question.

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as in: walked directly to work Define
proceeding without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
as in: directly above; or buy direct from Define
straight (exactly where stated; or without anything in between)
as in: was direct in my instructions Define
straightforward (clear and explicit -- perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
as in: directed her question to Define
aim or focus
as in: directed the jury to... Define
give instructions or commands (directions that must be followed)
as in: directed the movie Define
supervise or administer (often while giving directions or orders)
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