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direct -- as in: directed the jury to...
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as in: directed the jury to... Define
give instructions or commands (directions that must be followed)
  • 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.
  • She directed them to take their seats.
  • The sign directed us to turn to the right.

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  • ...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.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • On at least two occasions I stopped cases where to my mind the accused was palpably innocent, directing the jury that there was no case.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • "Put your hands on me," he directed, aware that in such anguish The Giver might need reminding.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • This was exactly like Muggle chess except that the figures were alive, which made it a lot like directing troops in battle.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Upon reaching New Bedford, we were directed to the house of Mr. Nathan Johnson,
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • This vampire ... can, within his range, direct the elements, the storm, the fog, the thunder;
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula

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  • (Directing her grandson) Mark two cans of cleanser down on the list there.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • We stand at the top of the stairs, giving Haymitch a fifteen-step lead as Effie directed.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • We clean our spaces, as directed, and file obediently toward the door.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • "Stand up," he directs. I look up at him warily, but I do what he says.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • I found that my landlord had got a letter from the Count, directing him to secure the best place on the coach for me;
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Cressida directs the team to start with me at my old house.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Goods are delivered in exact accordance with instructions, and keys left in parcel in main hall, as directed.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • I was satisfied with his present condition, and directed him to be relieved.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Count Dracula had directed me to go to the Golden Krone Hotel, which I found, to my great delight, to be thoroughly old-fashioned, for of course I wanted to see all I could of the ways of the country.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • When I told Mrs. Westenra that Dr. Van Helsing had directed that I should sit up with her, she almost pooh-poohed the idea, pointing out her daughter’s renewed strength and excellent spirits.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • "Look at me, Sky," he directs.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • I twist my body beneath his, hoping he’ll get the hint that I’m attempting to direct his hand to keep going wherever it wants to go.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • I went to bed as usual, taking care that the flowers were placed as Dr. Van Helsing directed, and soon fell asleep.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • They were all so frightened and nervous that I directed them to go to the dining room and each have a glass of wine.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • He introduces Cinna, who became an overnight star with his costumes for me in the Games, and after a minute of good-natured chitchat, we’re directed to turn our attention to a giant screen.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Ron started to direct the black pieces.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • As directed, I turn so they see me in profile, and wait.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  •   I answered that certainly it would be most easy, but that we solicitors had a system of agency one for the other, so that local work could be done locally on instruction from any solicitor, so that the client, simply placing himself in the hands of one man, could have his wishes carried out by him without further trouble.
      "But," said he, "I could be at liberty to direct myself.  Is it not so?"
      "Of course," I replied, and "Such is often done by men of business, who do not like the whole of their affairs to be known by any one person."
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
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To see samples using other meanings of direct, click a word sense below:
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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