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direct
used in Babbitt

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1  —5 uses as in:
directed the movie
Definition
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
  • But now Orville Jones shouted across the Athletic dining-room, "Here's the new director of the First State Bank!"
    Chapter 17 (76% in)
  • There was an impressive musical program, conducted by Sheldon Smeeth, educational director of the Y.M.C.A., who also sang the offertory.
    Chapter 16 (29% in)
  • He heard Sheldon Smeeth, educational director of the Y.M.C.A. and leader of the church-choir, a pale but strenuous young man with curly hair and a smile, teaching a class of sixteen-year-old boys.
    Chapter 16 (58% in)
  • ...symptoms of the Age of Pep-monthlies and weeklies gorgeously illustrated with portraits of young women who had recently been manicure girls, not very skilful manicure girls, and who, unless their every grimace had been arranged by a director, could not have acted in the Easter cantata of the Central Methodist Church; magazines reporting, quite seriously, in "interviews" plastered with pictures of riding-breeches and California bungalows, the views on sculpture and international...
    Chapter 18 (12% in)
  • Thus stimulated, Babbitt was reckless when he encountered Sheldon Smeeth, educational director of the Y.M.C.A. and choir-leader of the Chatham Road Church.
    Chapter 32 (95% in)

There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in Babbitt.

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  • Eathorne looked at him deliberately, hesitated, and gave him a nod more contemptuous than a direct cut.
    Chapter 32 (52% in)
  • He suddenly seemed capable, an official, a man to contrive, to direct, to get things done.
    Chapter 1 (31% in)
  • Think of being the chief figure and directing factor in solving strange mysteries and baffling crimes.
    Chapter 6 (70% in)
  • It was built of cheery iron-spot brick in an improved Gothic style, and the main auditorium had indirect lighting from electric globes in lavish alabaster bowls.
    Chapter 16 (27% in)
  • All of the newspapers save the Advocate-Times and the Evening Advocate attributed this valuable but perhaps hasty direct-action to the American Legion.
    Chapter 34 (16% in)

There are no more uses of "direct" in Babbitt.

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