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The Giver
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as in: directed her question to Define
aim or focus
  • There would be an announcement like that quite soon, he felt certain, and it would be directed mainly at Lily, though her name, of course, would not be mentioned.
    p.23.2
  • Each announcement was lengthy, accompanied by a speech directed at the new Twelve.
    p.52.8

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  • Occasionally, when supplies were delivered by cargo planes to the landing field across the river, the children rode their bicycles to the riverbank and watched, intrigued, the unloading and then the takeoff directed to the west, always away from the community.
    p.1.7
  • Everyone had known, he remembered with humiliation, that the announcement ATTENTION. THIS IS A REMINDER TO MALE ELEVENS THAT OBJECTS ARE NOT TO BE REMOVED FROM THE RECREATION AREA AND THAT SNACKS ARE TO BE EATEN, NOT HOARDED had been specifically directed at him, the day last month that he had taken an apple home.
    p.23.4
  • To his surprise, his father began very carefully to direct the needle into the top of newchild’s forehead, puncturing the place where the fragile skin pulsed.
    p.149.6

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  • The sprinkler head needs to be fixed so it directs water away from the house.
  • Please direct your question to the appropriate department by selecting one from this list.

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as in: walked directly to work Define
proceeding without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
  • He rode directly to his dwelling, exchanging only small jokes and unimportant remarks with Asher.
    p.66.4
  • I was notified by the Speaker that she had gone directly to the Chief Elder and asked to be released.
    p.143.3

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  • I walked directly to work.
  • Let me get directly to the point.

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as in: was direct in my instructions Define
straightforward (clear and explicit -- perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
  • "This is the time," she began, looking directly at them, when we acknowledge differences.
    p.51.9

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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)
  • "Put your hands on me," he directed, aware that in such anguish The Giver might need reminding.
    p.118.5

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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: directed the movie Define
supervise or administer (often while giving directions or orders)
  • We have given you the Assignment of Assistant Director of Recreation.
    p.56.1
  • He had, of course, disposed of the apple and made his apology to the Recreation Director the next morning, before school.
    p.23.6

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  • "See you in the morning, Recreation Director!" he called, dismounting by his door as Asher continued on.
    p.66.5
  • "I’m the one who’s training for Assistant Recreation Director," Asher pointed out angrily.
    p.134.6

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

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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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