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direct
used in Do You Speak American?

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1  —5 uses as in:
directed the movie
Definition
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
  • We came to talk first with Clifford Nass, professor and director of the Institute for Communication Research.
    eight — Teaching Computers to Speak American (2% in)
  • One of the leading scholars in the field is William Labov, of the University of Pennsylvania, director of the Atlas of North American English and author of a series of books on how language changes and why.
    two — Changing Dialects: Dingbatters Versus Hoi-Toiders (39% in)
  • The director said, "You can't talk like that if you want to be in this business.
    three — Toward a Standard: Putting the "R" in "American" (31% in)
  • Steven Camarota, research director of the Center for Immigration Studies (which wants immigration limited), said the numbers raise a troubling question: "Is the level of immigration so high that it's overwhelming the assimilation process?
    five — Hispanic Immigration: Reconquest or Assimilation? (59% in)
  • The director of the project, Noma LeMoine, said they ran into some flak from critics, who thought they were teaching African American language, teaching Ebonics, which they don't need to do, because the kids already know it.
    six — Bad-mouthing Black English (70% in)

There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in Do You Speak American?.

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  • Among their subjects were elderly black people who were born into slavery in the United States, the children or grandchildren of slaves brought directly from Africa.
    six — Bad-mouthing Black English (21% in)
  • The appetite of the people of These States, in popular speeches and writings, is for unhemmed latitude, coarseness, directness, live epithets, expletives, words of opprobrium, resistance.
    one — The Language Wars (28% in)
  • When John Kerry was competing in the 2004 presidential primaries, his Virginia campaign director, Susan Swecker, told reporters that the political complexion of the state had changed, and added, "This ain't your mama's South anymore."
    four — This Ain't Your Mama's South Anymore (43% in)
  • To that mixture were added influences from Germans, Austrians, Poles, Italians, and Czechs who immigrated directly to Texas from Europe through the Gulf of Mexico.
    four — This Ain't Your Mama's South Anymore (67% in)
  • The jobs they fill cannot be exported directly to the Third World, but these low-wage workers are imported from it, and the effect on the global economy is the same.
    five — Hispanic Immigration: Reconquest or Assimilation? (75% in)
  • We may never have been near a studio lot, but we all know how to talk, literally and figuratively, of stars, megastars, zoom-ins, cutting to the chase, dissolves, and director's cut.
    seven — Language from a State of Change (3% in)
  • Winnie Holzman is a writer and director acclaimed for her empathy with teenagers in her cult TV series, My So-Called Life.
    seven — Language from a State of Change (20% in)
  • Writer-director Amy Heckerling had a different purpose in making another cult classic, her film Clueless, starring Alicia Silverstone.
    seven — Language from a State of Change (20% in)
  • His Lexus was fitted with its own navigation system, which was programmed to take him a more direct way, and a woman's voice kept breaking in to remind us.
    eight — Teaching Computers to Speak American (58% in)
  • Before joining Microsoft, he was on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon, where he directed the effort to develop a speech-recognition system.
    eight — Teaching Computers to Speak American (59% in)
  • Callers are directed to say specific things like city names, dates, or flight numbers.
    eight — Teaching Computers to Speak American (66% in)

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