directed

[ dih-rek-tid, dahy- ]
/ dɪˈrɛk tɪd, daɪ- /

adjective

guided, regulated, or managed: a carefully directed program.
subject to direction, guidance, regulation, etc.
Mathematics. (of an angle or vector) having positive or negative direction or orientation assigned.

Origin of directed

First recorded in 1530–40; direct + -ed2

OTHER WORDS FROM directed

di·rect·ed·ness, nouno·ver·di·rect·ed, adjectiveself-di·rect·ed, adjectivewell-di·rect·ed, adjective

Definition for directed (2 of 2)

Origin of direct

1325–75; Middle English direct (adj., adv.), directen (v.) (< Anglo-French) < Latin dīrēctus, dērēctus (the latter probably the orig. form, later reanalyzed as dī- di-2), past participle of dērigere to align, straighten, guide (dē- de- + -rigere, combining form of regere to guide, rule)

OTHER WORDS FROM direct

synonym study for direct

1. See guide. 4. Direct, order, command mean to issue instructions. Direct suggests also giving explanations or advice; the emphasis is not on the authority of the director, but on steps necessary for the accomplishing of a purpose. Order connotes a personal relationship in which one in a superior position imperatively instructs a subordinate to do something. Command, less personal and, often, less specific in detail, suggests greater formality and, sometimes, a more fixed authority on the part of the superior.
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British Dictionary definitions for directed (1 of 2)

directed
/ (dɪˈrɛktɪd, daɪ-) /

adjective

maths (of a number, line, or angle) having either a positive or negative sign to distinguish measurement in one direction or orientation from that in the opposite direction or orientation

British Dictionary definitions for directed (2 of 2)

direct
/ (dɪˈrɛkt, daɪ-) /

verb (mainly tr)

adjective

adverb

directly; straighthe went direct to the office

Derived forms of direct

directness, noun

Word Origin for direct

C14: from Latin dīrectus; from dīrigere to guide, from dis- apart + regere to rule
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