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direct -- as in: directed the movie
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supervise or administer (often while giving directions or orders)
  • She directed the move.
  • She directs our organization.
  • She is the organization’s director.
  • Will you direct the effort.

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  • 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.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The pigs did not actually work, but directed and supervised the others.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • She looked at the other three, her glance and voice had that slight suggestion of command in it that comes from having occupied a position of authority. She might have been directing which tennis sets the girls were to play in.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • After all, the queen doesn’t have to be with them to direct a battle.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • We have given you the Assignment of Assistant Director of Recreation.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • Mr. Dursley was the director of a firm called Grunnings, which made drills.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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  • The men had left a long line of hogs in various stages of preparation, and the foreman was directing the feeble efforts of a score or two of clerks and stenographers and office boys to finish up the job and get them into the chilling rooms.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Far down the fields toward the river there was a wooden tower about ten feet high where the instructor had stood to direct the senior calisthenics.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • We need someone to direct us and reassure us this is possible.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • The TV crew consists of a pair of burly Capitol cameramen with heavy mobile cameras encasing their bodies like insect shells, a woman director named Cressida who has a shaved head tattooed with green vines, and her assistant, Messalla, a slim young man with several sets of earrings.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • I’m director of primary training at Battle School in the Belt.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • He had, of course, disposed of the apple and made his apology to the Recreation Director the next morning, before school.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • The zoo director himself made Aunt Petunia a cup of strong, sweet tea while he apologized over and over again.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • ...he realized that his broom was completely out of his control. He couldn’t turn it. He couldn’t direct it at all.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • "See you in the morning, Recreation Director!" he called, dismounting by his door as Asher continued on.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • 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.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • 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.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Of the town we could only see some dull red brick mills and warehouses surrounding the yards, and we labored away among what the old man directing us called "rolling stock"—grim freight cars from many parts of the country immobilized in the snow.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Even Napoleon, who was directing operations from the rear, had the tip of his tail chipped by a pellet.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • We have been able to detect no contact between these two children and any adult who might be directing them.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Since this is both a mission and a shoot, I’m about to ask who’s in charge, my commander or my director, when Cressida calls, "Action!"
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • "I’m the one who’s training for Assistant Recreation Director," Asher pointed out angrily.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • 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.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He spoke commands to simulated pilots of four fighters, and instead of merely carrying out the computer’s instructions, he was allowed to determine tactics himself, deciding which of several objectives was the most valuable and directing his squadron accordingly.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • The farmer tills the soil, the miner digs in the earth, the weaver tends the loom, the mason carves the stone; the clever man invents, the shrewd man directs, the wise man studies, the inspired man sings—and all the result, the products of the labor of brain and muscle, are gathered into one stupendous stream and poured into their laps!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
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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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