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Harry Potter (#7) and the Deathly Hallows
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as in: directed her question to Define
aim or focus
  • Harry directed a Stunning Spell toward the masked Death Eater; it missed but nearly hit Neville,
  • Harry bellowed, directing his wand at her, and with a bang and a burst of red sparks, the curtains swung shut again, silencing her.

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  • For a second they stood quite still, wands directed at each other’s chests; then, recognizing each other, they stowed their wands beneath their cloaks and started walking briskly in the same direction.
  • He was afraid that he was making it happen by having these thoughts, and tried to direct them into another channel.
  • Again he directed the wand at the surrounding trees and bushes, searching for a human outline, for the glint of an eye, but he could not see anyone there.
  • "Unless he was asleep," said Harry, but he still held his breath as Hermione knelt down in front of the empty canvas, her wand directed at its center, cleared her throat, then said: "Er — Phineas?"
  • As Narcissa dragged Draco out of the way of further harm, Bellatrix sprang to her feet, her hair flying as she brandished the silver knife; but Narcissa had directed her wand at the doorway.
  • They directed their wands into every nook and crevice, turning cautiously on the spot.
  • "Oh — right — yeah —" Ron looked around, then directed his wand at a twig on the ground and said "Winguardium Leviosa!"
  • Why did both the wands I have used fail when directed at Harry Potter?

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  • My dear boy, its remarkable effects were directed only at Voldemort, who had tampered so ill-advisedly with the deepest laws of magic.
  • He directed his words at Dumbledore, however, and chose them with enormous care.
  • Harry felt as though he turned into slow motion: he saw McGonagall, Kingsley and Slughorn blasted backward, flailing and writhing through the air, as Voldemort’s fury at the fall of his last, best lieutenant exploded with the force of a bomb, Voldemort raised his wand and directed it at Molly Weasley.

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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
  • The twig flew up from the ground, spun through the air as if caught by a gust of wind, then zoomed directly at the trunk through the Willow’s ominously swaying branches.
  • He had lost track of how many security enchantments had been placed upon the Burrow by both the Order and the Ministry; all he knew was that it was no longer possible for anybody to travel by magic directly into the place.

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  • "I know, that’s why they’ll be Apparating directly into the bar," said Neville.

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

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as in: directly above; or buy direct from Define
straight (exactly where stated; or without anything in between)
  • The speaker was seated directly in front of the fireplace, so that it was difficult, at first, for the new arrivals to make out more than his silhouette.
  • None of the people seated underneath this singular sight were looking at it except for a pale young man sitting almost directly below it.

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  • Voldemort raised Lucius Malfoy’s wand, pointed it directly at the slowly revolving figure suspended over the table, and gave it a tiny flick.
  • This was stretching the truth to breaking point; as far as Harry knew, Ron and Dumbledore had never been alone together, and direct contact between them had been negligible.
  • Voldemort knew that you were being moved tonight and the only people who could have told him were directly involved in the plan.
  • Looking directly at his father, he said, "Mad-Eye’s dead."
  • He forced himself to look directly into her eyes, noticing as he did so that they were precisely the same shade of brown as Ginny’s.
  • It was a new, but familiar voice, and it came from directly behind Harry, from the person tied to Hermione’s left.
  • Greyback forced the prisoners to turn again so as to place Harry directly beneath the chandelier.
  • The echoing bang of the slammed cellar door had not died away before there was a terrible, drawn out scream from directly above them.

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  • Bellatrix was directly beneath it; dropping Hermione, she threw herself aside with a scream.
  • He addressed Mr. Weasley’s shoulder, and Harry felt sure he was scared that his father might recognize him if they looked directly into each other’s eyes.
  • Harry did not dare look directly at Draco, but saw him obliquely; a figure slightly taller than he was, rising from an armchair, his face a pale and pointed blur beneath white-blond hair.
  • The slightest breath of wind made them all jump and turn toward the whispering bush or tree in the hope that one of the missing Order members might leap unscathed from its leaves — And then a broom materialized directly above them and streaked toward the ground — "It’s them!" screamed Hermione.
  • Yet you confide much more in a boy who is incapable of Occlumency, whose magic is mediocre, and who has a direct connection into the Dark Lord’s mind!
  • I speak now, Harry Potter, directly to you.
  • Harry glanced hopelessly at Dumbledore’s deserted frame, which hung directly behind the headmaster’s chair, then turned his back on it.
  • A Death Eater moved ahead of Snape and raised his wand, pointing it directly at Lupin’s back.
  • Dumbledore looked directly into Harry’s eyes again.
  • Molly’s curse soared beneath Bellatrix’s constricted arm and hit her squarely in the chest, directly over her heart.
  • But Harry had eyes only for the man who stood in the largest portrait directly behind the headmaster’s chair.
  • And then he heard voices coming from the room directly ahead of them, only slightly muffled by the fact that the opening at the end of the tunnel had been blocked up by what looked like an old crate.
  • Two figures emerged from behind a nearby tree: Their wands flared, and Harry saw Yaxley and Dolohov peering into the darkness, directly at the place Harry, his mother and father and Sirius and Lupin stood.

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  • This flower does best in direct sunlight.
  • I would like to speak directly to the manager.

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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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