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as in: walked directly to work Define
proceeding without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
  • I walked directly to work.
  • Let me get directly to the point.

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  • Can I get a direct flight to Los Angeles.
  • Can I get a flight that goes directly to Los Angeles.
  • I be down directly.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • ...worked out a complicated scheme for all the animals to drop their dung directly in the fields, at a different spot every day, to save the labour of cartage.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • The gray cat came out of the barn shed and trotted miaowing toward the fire, but, nearly there, it turned and went directly to one of the little piles of rabbit entrails on the ground.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Atticus would flee to his office directly after dinner, where if we sometimes looked in on him, we would find him sitting back in his swivel chair reading.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • DOCTOR:  Will she go now to bed?
    GENTLEWOMAN:  Directly.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • If for one hour in a year something eatable were to be had in some one place only, within that hour, as if moved by a vision, he would put on his cap, go out and walk directly there, as though following a compass, and find it.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front

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  • Then I had them loaded on to trucks and sent directly to my own factory.
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • He rode directly to his dwelling, exchanging only small jokes and unimportant remarks with Asher.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • You asked me to come directly to you, Professor, if anyone was wandering around at night, and somebody’s been in the library Restricted Section.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • 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.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • I was ever on the look-out for means of escape; and, finding no direct means, I determined to try to hire my time, with a view of getting money with which to make my escape.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • There was a delegate of the butcher-helpers’ union who came to see Jurgis to enroll him; and when Jurgis found that this meant that he would have to part with some of his money, he froze up directly, and the delegate, who was an Irishman and only knew a few words of Lithuanian, lost his temper and began to threaten him.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • When they came up with a more efficient system that transported the coal directly from the mines to the trains, the Hob gradually took over the space.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • He informed us that, with the exception of a certain entailed property of Lucy’s father which now, in default of direct issue, went back to a distant branch of the family, the whole estate, real and personal, was left absolutely to Arthur Holmwood.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • PARRIS: Go directly home and speak nothing of unnatural causes.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • When the Hubermanns made it home, they headed directly to the basement, but it seemed that Max was not there.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • As I was moving the bone some of the marrow must have escaped into his blood stream and gone directly to his heart and stopped it.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Although my instinct is to run directly away from it, I realize Finnick is moving at a diagonal down the hill.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • She scribbles something on a pad and sends me directly back to the hospital.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • A skinny metallic rod burst out of the Griever’s moist skin, unfolding into a long appendage with three spinning blades, which moved directly toward Thomas’s face.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • I continue throwing clothes into my bag. I walk to the dresser and pull open the top drawer, taking a handful of socks and underwear. I walk to the bed and Karen cuts me off, placing her hands on my shoulders and forcing me to look at her. "Sky," she says, dumbfounded. "What are you doing? What’s wrong with you? You’re not leaving with him." Holder walks back into the bedroom with a handful of toiletries and walks directly around Karen, piling them into the bag.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • In the morning, I see that 7:00—Breakfast is directly followed by 7:30—Command, which is fine since I may as well start the ball rolling.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • He goes directly to the bed.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • I left the studio directly and refused to acknowledge his comments from the booth today.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • I start to get up and then realize they plan to roll my hospital bed directly there.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • (RUTH just looks at MAMA meaningfully and MAMA opens her mouth to speak as TRAVIS bursts in) TRAVIS: (Excited and full of narrative, coming directly to his mother) Mama, you should of seen the rat …. Big as a cat, honest!
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • As I was in a state of extreme debility, I resolved to sail directly towards the town, as a place where I could most easily procure nourishment.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • There was a one-page map of Molching and Greater Munich, as well as a direct route from Pasing (the more reliable train station) to his front door.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • They went directly to the mud puddle under the hose and dug their toes into the mud.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • The red light of its eye was like a little sun, too bright to look at directly.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • 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.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • He went directly to the Dodge and crawled under on his back.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • As soon as he sees her, he goes directly to her and grabs her by her cloak, furious.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • He goes directly to bend close to her face.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • If you force me to leave, I’ll go directly to surgery and tell my mother everything that’s happened.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • The Nut was established directly after the Dark Days, when the Capitol had lost 13 and was desperate for a new underground stronghold.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Finnick goes directly down to see Johanna, but I linger outside a few minutes until Boggs comes out.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • The Griever had altered its course from Alby to head directly for Thomas.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Three Grievers were up ahead, rolling along as they dug their spikes into the stone, coming directly toward him.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • They made their way directly to the kitchen, where, despite Fry-pan’s grumbling, they were able to get cheese sandwiches and raw vegetables.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Because that pipe doesn’t go anywhere near it! That pipe — the one Augustus went up — happens to lead directly to the room where I make a most delicious kind of strawberry-flavoured chocolate-coated fudge ….
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • "So, I was just having a peek around because district ruins are going to be all the rage this year, when two Peacemakers showed up and ordered me back to our quarters. One of them actually poked me with her gun!" says Effie.
      I can’t help thinking this is the direct result of Haymitch, Peeta, and me disappearing earlier in the day.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • I was notified by the Speaker that she had gone directly to the Chief Elder and asked to be released.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • Calculating if he should block first or go directly for an attack.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • "I know, that’s why they’ll be Apparating directly into the bar," said Neville.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • It doesn’t matter whether they tracked us to the second apartment or assumed we went directly underground.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
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as in: directly above; or buy direct from Define
straight (exactly where stated; or without anything in between)
  • This flower does best in direct sunlight.
  • I would like to speak directly to the manager.

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  • Buy direct from the manufacturer.
  • She reports directly to the president of the company.
  • The kettle rattled over the direct fire, rattled and wheezed.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • No, there were three things, and they did not directly concern us— the Finches— but in a way they did.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • On my return nothing more was to be seen of the first one, it had been blown to pieces by a direct hit.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • ’Imported direct from Loompaland,’ said Mr Wonka proudly.
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • They must talk to each other directly, Ender, mind to mind.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • the hypothesis here proven may be described simply in the following terms: artificially increased inteffigence deteriorates at a rate of time directly proportional to the quantity of the increase.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon

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  • 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.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Directly opposite to us, on Philpot Street, lived Mr. Thomas Hamilton.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • For the criminal graft was one in which the businessmen had no direct part—it was what is called a "side line," carried by the police.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • If running hurt, climbing is agonizing because it requires not only exertion but direct contact of my hands on the tree bark.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • When she sat down at the kitchen table, Frau Holtzapfel sat directly in front of her but faced the window.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • It was too high for me to see directly into the room, but after I made sure that the ground had softened enough so that I could jump without making much noise, I sprang as high as I could.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Instead I throw myself directly between the whip and Gale.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • What has been proposed is that in lieu of eliminating the entire Capitol population, we have a final, symbolic Hunger Games, using the children directly related to those who held the most power.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • He finished by shaking salt directly into his mouth.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • He snatched a vine with both hands and started to climb, directly over the spot where he’d just tied up Alby.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • I pick up a gun and a holster and a belt, copying Will, who is directly in front of me.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • I swear it’s as though his fingers have a direct line to every sensitive spot on my entire body.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • We were connected directly to your brain.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • So, you see, having a Third, even under the government’s direct instructions, undoes everything they’ve been trying to do.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • None of the people seated underneath this singular sight were looking at it except for a pale young man sitting almost directly below it.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • He didn’t look directly back at me.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • I lead earlier and score a direct hit on the point plane, blasting a hole in its belly.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • He takes a seat at the desk directly in front of Breckin and never even notices me.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • It employed thirty thousand men; it supported directly two hundred and fifty thousand people in its neighborhood, and indirectly it supported half a million.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • It employed thirty thousand men; it supported directly two hundred and fifty thousand people in its neighborhood, and indirectly it supported half a million.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • His arms remained unfrozen, for without a direct body hit, only the limbs that were shot froze up.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • "More than you!" he shouts, pointing directly into a camera.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • That awful sun. It burst through the window—the glass was everywhere—and shone directly onto the useless girl.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • She glanced directly at the two lawyers and Judge Tanner.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • It’s the only question he hasn’t been able to answer with direct eye contact.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • "Well, I’m back," he says bluntly, without looking directly at Grayson.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • Voldemort raised Lucius Malfoy’s wand, pointed it directly at the slowly revolving figure suspended over the table, and gave it a tiny flick.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Because I recognize this name, although I have never spoken directly to its owner.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • The Keeper looked directly at Cole and his family, then at Peter and his family.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • 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.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • I would normally pull my gaze away as soon as direct eye contact is made, but there’s something odd about the way he reacts when he looks at me that keeps my focus glued to his.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • And it would show me, once again, that one opportunity leads directly to another, just as risk leads to more risk, life to more life, and death to more death.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Voldemort knew that you were being moved tonight and the only people who could have told him were directly involved in the plan.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • I shift onto my side and find myself looking directly into Gale’s eyes.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • She waved it like a wand and pointed it directly at him.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • Had her mother been in a position to do so, she would have already made contact with the foster care people, or directly with the girl, or the Hubermanns.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Looking directly at his father, he said, "Mad-Eye’s dead."
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • 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.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • The rest of the regiment stopped marching and Tommy plowed directly into the boy in front of him.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • He showed his ticket and identity card, and now he sat in a small box compartment of the train, directly in danger’s spotlight.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
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as in: was direct in my instructions Define
straightforward (clear and explicit -- perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
  • I left them with direct instructions.
  • She is easy to work with. She is direct in her communications and expectations.

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  • Did she say that directly or just imply it.
  • As they walked back across the grass, she looked directly at him for the first time.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • "If only I knew how much the operation costs," says he.
    "Have you not asked?"
    "Not directly, I cannot do that—the surgeon might take it amiss and that would not do; he must operate on mother."
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • The prosecution was too clever to charge him directly, but there were attempts to make him look sick, perverted, criminally insane.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • "This is the time," she began, looking directly at them, when we acknowledge differences.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  •   Her answer came with direct simplicity, as though she was simply stating a fact, "Because if I find in myself, and I shall watch keenly for it, a sign of harm to any that I love, I shall die!"
      "You would not kill yourself?" he asked, hoarsely.
      "I would."
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • He is steeped in sorrow, exhausted, and more direct than he ever was.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • She had a large, direct voice. No time to waste. "Komm," she instructed them.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief

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  • I was afraid of that simple executive directness now.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • "If you’re perfectly honest about it, you think President Snow has probably given them direct orders to make sure we die in the arena anyway," I say.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Gale and I directly disobeyed orders yesterday, and Boggs has the injury to prove it.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • "What’s wrong, Newt?" Thomas asked, not wanting to talk to Alby directly. "What happened?"
      But Alby grabbed him by the shirt.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • And Four doesn’t often challenge Eric directly.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • He didn’t directly say he loves me, but hearing that word come out of his mouth makes my heart swell in my chest.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • All subsequent crimes against the Party, all treacheries, acts of sabotage, heresies, deviations, sprang directly out of his teaching.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • This again was never put into plain words, but in an indirect way it was rubbed into every Party member from childhood onwards.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • A direct death threat to Gale, with others to follow.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • 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.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • I avoid looking at him directly, but I catch a glimpse of his reflection in one of the shiny control consoles along the wall.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • It is now after the dinner hour of the asylum, and as yet my patient sits in a corner brooding, with a dull, sullen, woe-begone look in his face, which seems rather to indicate than to show something directly.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • That is true indirectly, but not directly.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Their threats were, however, mingled with some sort of indirect apology for the defeat of the two of them by a feeble madman.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • "Whatever problems anyone may have with the Capitol, believe me when I say that if it released its grip on the districts for even a short time, the entire system would collapse."
      I’m taken aback by the directness and even the sincerity of this speech.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • The relief of seeing her was so great that he could not resist staring directly at her for several seconds.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • There was a direct intimate connexion between chastity and political orthodoxy.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • That is true indirectly, but not directly.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Although we have decades of support for the assumption that further direct attacks on Thirteen would be counterproductive to the Capitol’s cause.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • This was necessary, because except by direct enquiry it was never possible to discover where anyone lived.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • "You were doubtless surprised at my letter?" This query was directly addressed to Lord Godalming.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • In so far as the war has a direct economic purpose, it is a war for labour power.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • DANFORTH, looking directly at Giles: Who is this man?
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • ...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.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • To Danforth directly: And I think you will want to know, from each and every one of them, what discontents them with you!
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • 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.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • That would be in direct violation of President Coin’s orders.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • 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.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • O’Brien made no direct answer.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Pause, for the first time he turns directly to her.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • DANFORTH: Now, then, Mister, will you speak slowly, and directly to the point, for Mr. Cheever’s sake.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • There is a simple network of wide tunnels that directly corresponds to the main street plan above, underlying the major avenues and cross streets.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • 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.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • 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.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • 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.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • 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.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • "Sky," he says directly.  "I’m kissing you because sometimes I can’t not kiss you. You know what your mouth does to me. I’m not expecting anything else, okay? As long as I get to kiss you, the other stuff can wait." He’s tucking my hair behind my ears now and looking down at me genuinely. "I just thought you should know.  I probably should have picked a better time to state that fact, but sometimes I just
    blurt things out without thinking."
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
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as in: directed her question to Define
aim or focus
  • 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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  • Please don’t direct your anger toward me.
  • Please direct your attention to the north end zone.
  • All the cameras were pointed directly at her.
  • I was surprised that among so many men of genius who had directed their inquiries towards the same science, that I alone should be reserved to discover so astonishing a secret.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The land fell into fewer hands, the number of the dispossessed increased, and every effort of the great owners was directed at repression.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Reverend Sykes then called on the Lord to bless the sick and the suffering, a procedure no different from our church practice, except Reverend Sykes directed the Deity’s attention to several specific cases.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • But He that hath the steerage of my course
    Direct my sail!
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • All his suspicions were directed against Lombard and I pretended to concur in these.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None

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  • She heard the anger in his voice and assumed it was directed at her.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • 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.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • Percy directed the girls through one door to their dormitory and the boys through another.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • "No — don’t —" said Harry weakly, but Lockhart was twirling his wand and a second later had directed it straight at Harry’s arm.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry directed a Stunning Spell toward the masked Death Eater; it missed but nearly hit Neville,
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • What is more, any anger I felt at that moment was directed, not against the Kapo, but against my father.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • There are other trusts in the country just as illegal and extortionate as the Beef Trust: there is the Coal Trust, that freezes the poor in winter—there is the Steel Trust, that doubles the price of every nail in your shoes—there is the Oil Trust, that keeps you from reading at night—and why do you suppose it is that all the fury of the press and the government is directed against the Beef Trust?
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Latecomers are directed to the adjacent streets, where they can watch the event on screens as it’s televised live by the state.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • NOTE LEFT BY VAN HELSING IN HIS PORTMANTEAU, BERKELEY HOTEL DIRECTED TO JOHN SEWARD, M. D. (Not Delivered) 27 September
    Friend John, I write this in case anything should happen....
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • The reason she was elevated had more to do with the fact that she became disruptive in the younger class. She answered questions directed to other children and called out.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • (Reaching down into his pants with a rather important gesture) Here, son— (He hands the boy the coin, but his eyes are directed to his wife’s.)
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • There was a short pause during which every ear and no eyes were directed toward me, and then Brinker went on.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • When they asked about my friends, everyone directed them to Gale.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • He painfully pushes himself up to a sitting position and directs his words to Gale.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • I hope it isn’t another article, because I’m not sure I can handle any more hostility directed at me.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • His voice is without a doubt directed at me now.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • Her whole thought and action were directed inward on the baby.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Harry bellowed, directing his wand at her, and with a bang and a burst of red sparks, the curtains swung shut again, silencing her.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • After lunch, Haymitch takes me into the sitting room, directs me to the couch, and then just frowns at me for a while.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • A woman directing the incoming patients catches sight of us, does a sort of double take, and then strides over.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • When we ask for Beetee, we’re directed through the maze until we reach an enormous plate-glass window.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • We aren’t supposed to speak at the dinner table unless our parents ask us a direct question, and they usually don’t.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Cinna and Portia direct us into the chariot and carefully arrange our body positions, the drape of our capes, before moving off to consult with each other.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • The labours of men of genius, however erroneously directed, scarcely ever fail in ultimately turning to the solid advantage of mankind.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • One of the letters was directed to Samuel F. Billington, No. 7, The Crescent, Whitby, another to Herr Leutner, Varna.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • They were directed at Tommy Müller.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • There’s no welcoming committee on the platform, just a squad of eight Peacekeepers who direct us into the back of an armored truck.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • We board a hovercraft for the short ride to 12 and I’m directed to a seat at a table where Plutarch, Gale, and Cressida are poring over a map.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Was that directed at me?
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Day dawned; and I directed my steps towards the town.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Each announcement was lengthy, accompanied by a speech directed at the new Twelve.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • The station is swarming with reporters with their insectlike cameras trained directly on my face.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • He forced compliance by leaning against me as we walked along, changing my direction; like a police car squeezing me to the side of the road, he directed me unwillingly toward the gym and the river.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • 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.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Is he directing all the sponsors toward Peeta?
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • But anyone can see that Peeta is preoccupied, so Caesar directs the conversation right into the subject that’s on everyone’s minds.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Al crawled under on his belly and directed the beam of the flashlight.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • I was sure he had never heard the words Judge Taylor directed at him— his mouth struggled silently with them— but their import registered on his face.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • 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.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • He was afraid that he was making it happen by having these thoughts, and tried to direct them into another channel.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
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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.

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  • She directed them to take their seats.
  • The sign directed us to turn to the right.
  • ...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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as in: directed the movie Define
supervise or administer (often while giving directions or orders)
  • She directed the move.
  • She directs our organization.

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  • She is the organization’s director.
  • Will you direct the effort.
  • 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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  • I did the same; and if I had turned myself upside down before drinking, the wine could not have gone more direct to my head.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • "And this," said the Director opening the door, "is the Fertilizing Room."
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World

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  • His sister was less delicate, and directed her eyes towards Mr. Darcy with a very expressive smile.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • For sinful as he is, Jonah does not weep and wail for direct deliverance.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Of course they did; for I felt their eyes directed like burning-glasses against my scorched skin.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • And you girls probably worshipped him, as a convent full of religieuses would worship their director.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The lady who built the new part of this house as that tablet records, and whose son overlooks and directs everything here.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • It will be so ridiculous to see all his letters directed to him with an M.P.—But do you know, he says, he will never frank for me?
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • Cousin, farewell: no further go in this Than I by letters shall direct your course.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1

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  • She hath directed How I shall take her from her father’s house; What gold and jewels she is furnish’d with; What page’s suit she hath in readiness.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • But, Othello, speak: Did you by indirect and forced courses Subdue and poison this young maid’s affections?
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • To prison; till fit time Of law and course of direct session Call thee to answer.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • "And pray, what time were you directed to appear, sir?" shouted the assistant superintendent, seeming for some unknown reason more and more aggrieved.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • I may remark that he had not once taken any notice of the blotchy-faced passenger, and had hitherto addressed all his remarks direct to the prince.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • "You want to know something about him," she added, not choosing to indulge Rosamond’s indirectness.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • She was not coldly clever and indirectly satirical, but adorably simple and full of feeling.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • For my own part, I swam as fortune directed me, and was pushed forward by wind and tide.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • The officers directing the march rode backward and forward between the carts.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • And the commander, turning to look at the adjutant, directed his jerky steps down the line.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • And so in spite of the friendliness and directness of their relations, Konstantin felt an awkwardness in leaving him alone.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Kitty danced in the first couple, and luckily for her she had not to talk, because Korsunsky was all the time running about directing the figure.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • He heard only her words and gave them only the direct sense they bore.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • They must direct their flocks.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • It gave us our direct route to India.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • I don’t know that it’s of any direct use my doing so, but it’s all I can do, and I do it thoroughly.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • ’And whose appearance,’ interposed his sister, directing general attention to me in my indefinable costume, ’is perfectly scandalous and disgraceful.’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • He admired the dexterity with which their host directed the conversation.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • She felt her cheek pale and cold and, out of a maze of distress, she prayed to God to direct her, to show her what was her duty.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • His thoughts were directed to the past, his eyes to the feet of the girl; and for the first time he saw lying there a bundle of some sort.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • To his matter-of-fact home, which was called Stone Lodge, Mr. Gradgrind directed his steps.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • The Director of Companies was our captain and our host.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • The yarns of seamen have a direct simplicity, the whole meaning of which lies within the shell of a cracked nut.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • ’ "Stay!" said the monk, raising his right hand in the air, and directing an angry glance by turns at Alice and the eldest sister.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Landlord, pray direct a boy to keep watch outside the door—and if a green chariot passes in the direction of Grantham, to stop it instantly.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • The undertaker at once saw enough of what the room contained, to know it was the apartment to which he had been directed.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • This fellow Merryweather is a bank director, and personally interested in the matter.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • She could trust her own guardianship, but she could not tell what indirect or political influence might be brought to bear upon a business man.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • The sharp gaze of Caderousse was instantly directed towards the priest’s garments, as though hoping to discover the location of the treasure.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The vulgar directness of the question called for a direct answer.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • The vulgar directness of the question called for a direct answer.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • They had seen me, and their faces were directed towards me.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • Or did a Martian sit within each, ruling, directing, using, much as a man’s brain sits and rules in his body?
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • He found in her a casualness, a lack of prejudice, a directness, surprising in the daughter of Andrew Jackson Tozer.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • I’ve been talking to the technical director and salesmanager and we feel it’s the time to strike.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Think of being the chief figure and directing factor in solving strange mysteries and baffling crimes.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • He suddenly seemed capable, an official, a man to contrive, to direct, to get things done.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Then a bright young boy just out of college had been sent to him from Washington, as Deputy Director of Distribution.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Her motive, he thought, was a proudly indirect attempt to test his feeling and to confess her own.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • What, then, directs men’s actions?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
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