Origin of directed
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- (of a proportion) containing terms of which an increase (or decrease) in one results in an increase (or decrease) in another: a term is said to be in direct proportion to another term if one increases (or decreases) as the other increases (or decreases).
- (of a function) the function itself, in contrast to its inverse.Compare inverse(def 2).
Origin of direct
Synonyms for direct
Related Words for directedconducted, controlled, organized, aimed, managed, guided, counseled, focused, sponsored, assisted, orderly, purposeful
Examples from the Web for directed
Contemporary Examples of directed
If the Israel model ban were directed towards disordered eating, Ravin says she would support it whole-heartedly.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models
January 8, 2015
I had a chance to work with Jean-François Richet, who directed Mesrine.Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange
December 27, 2014
The recent attacks were directed at Sony, but they cut to the core of our free society.U.S. Should Make North Korea Pay for Sony Hack
Gordon G. Chang
December 18, 2014
A majority of films in Hollywood are written and directed by men.‘Free The Nipple’: (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right to Go Topless
December 12, 2014
It was only once he directed and starred in his own short film that he decided to pursue acting as a vocation.Renaissance Man Jared Leto Defies Categorization
The Daily Beast
December 8, 2014
Historical Examples of directed
The searchers, therefore, were directed to beat up the near-by country.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"Wait here while I see if the train is on time," directed Grace.
"Now look in the glass," directed Grace, when she had finished.
Copies were also directed to be distributed through the district.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
I had heard the note in the woods, and directed his attention to it.
verb (mainly tr)
- to conduct (a piece of music or musicians), usually while performing oneself
- another word (esp US) for conduct (def. 9)
- of or relating to direct current
- (of a secondary induced current) having the same direction as the primary current
- (of motion) in the same directionSee motion (def. 9)
- (of an interval or chord) in root position; not inverted
Word Origin for direct
late 14c., from Latin directus "straight," past participle of dirigere "set straight" (see direct (v.)).
late 14c., "to write (to someone), to address," from Latin directus "straight," past participle of dirigere "set straight," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + regere "to guide" (see regal). Cf. dress; address.
Meaning "to govern, regulate" is from c.1500; "to order, ordain" is from 1650s. Sense of "to write the destination on the outside of a letter" is from 16c. Of plays, films, etc., from 1913. Related: Directed; directing.